What is Eating Halal?
Someone who eats Halal is following the religion of Islam similar to someone who practices Judaism eats kosher. Muslims and other followers Islam are guided by the Qur’an which sets forth select dietary requirements for eating “Halal”. Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. The opposite of Halal is haram, which means unlawful or forbidden.
Halal and haram are terms that describe anything allowed or prohibited. In foodservice this list includes:
§ Foods (whole and processed)
§ Meats (including fish and seafood)
§ Food ingredients
§ Nutrition supplements (novel foods or capsules)
§ Cooking utensil and surfaces; dishes and food storage
All foods are considered Halal except the following (which are haram):
§ Swine/porkand its by-products
§ Animals improperly slaughtered or dead before slaughtering
§ Alcoholic drinks and intoxicants
§ Carnivorousanimals, birds of prey and certain other animals
§ Foods contaminated with any of the above products
Foods containing ingredients such as gelatin, enzymes, emulsifiers, and flavors are questionable (mash booh), because the origin of these ingredients may be from a prohibited (haram) source.
Why Offer Halal Foods?
Of the 300+ million people in the United States,approximately 3% of the population is Muslim or follows the Islam faith. That translates to roughly 9 million Muslim consumers seeking Halal meals. As with any required dietary restriction, the challenge of eating away from home can often times become quite frustrating. In a recent survey among Muslims, 67% of respondents listed finding halal foods as their #1 concern when travelling. Total Muslim expenditure in the USA is estimated to be $170 billion annually with $15 billion of that for food. Food is always a major part of any persons' travel experience.
Offering certified-Halal foods is a means of attracting customers, improving customer satisfaction and creating new revenue!
Concession & Store Operations
Three Steps to Offering Halal Food Items:
1.Check for certification.
§You will recognize Halal certification by the certifying agency’s symbol on the package label.
2.Assess your storage, any preparation areas and shelf sets.
§Cross-contamination must be avoided between any Halal food and non-Halal foods.
i.Create a shelf section specific for promoting Halal certified foods.
§Well trained staff portrays the confidence that the consumer can trust - meaning the operation is indeed Halal-friendly.
Distributors Offering Halal Foods
Click the link to see Halal shelf-stable options at the sensational foodservice distributors. Check back often as new items are added regularly. Coming soon - Halal certified frozen meats and processed foods.