Halal Certification: Thailand’s Food Industry Focuses on Endorsement

Thailand's food industry is making haste to acquire halal certification for its canned goods for export.

Thailand’s food business is emphasising halal certification for its export of canned seafood, practical foods, and other items.

Halal Certification for Thailand

Thailand is a Buddhist country and the government, including its biggest food manufacturers, sees an opportunity in the market. The assessed value of halal products in the worldwide market for halal products is $2 trillion and is foreseeable to reach $3 trillion by 2026.

Thailand exported halal-certified food worth $6 billion in 2021, placing it in 15th place around the world. It aims to target a 3% growth in that total for this year after an increase in the world’s Muslim population to 2.2 billion by 2030.

“Our halal certification process is globally recognized. We have the highest number of halal-certified products in the world. Our approach to maintaining the standards of Thai halal products is based on the principles of ‘religious confirmation and scientific support. These strategic investments are in tune with the global trend among companies to tap into the growing halal market and capture Islamic consumers,” said Pakorn Priyakorn, director of Halal Standard Institute of Thailand.

As of April 2023, Thailand has received halal certification for its more than 160,000 products, 33,000 brands, and 14,000 companies. The approaching Thaifex trade exhibit will feature a special halal market section to highlight trending and modern products.

A few of Thailand’s biggest food corporations, including CP Group and Betagro, made a significant investment in their halal food production systems and overseas marketing. A number of its seafood products, including Tao Kae Noi-brand seaweed snack is exported to over 37 countries are halal-certified.

What is Halal?

It is an Arabic word meaning permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law. Also spelled as hallal or halaal, it’s generally applied to approved foods and beverages. The word itself is specifically associated with Islamic dietary laws.

However, the halal industry extends beyond food. In fact, the California-based Qeblawi Cosmetics is offering a diversity of high halal-certified beauty products online. It’s the world’s Arab-Filipina-owned cosmetic company.

“They are certified halal, cruelty-free, hypo-allergenic, and fragrance-free, making them perfect for anyone looking for safe, effective, and inclusive beauty products,” said Diana Qeblawi, owner of Qeblawi Cosmetics.

These pivotal economic ventures are in accordance with the worldwide trend among companies to embark on the burgeoning halal market and entice Islamic consumers.

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