Moder Halal Valley: the first and largest halal park in Indonesia

Indonesia, the largest halal market in the world, is taking the halal industry to the next level by developing a premium 500 hectares halal industrial park in Indonesia, about 68 km west of Jakarta. This park is a signature halal development, very different from conventional halal parks as seen in several countries.

This halal park provides a complete halal food+ cluster by design for halal industries, logistics service providers, traders, and halal services. It makes halal sourcing, production and supply chain management easier for both SMEs and large companies.

We have been privileged being involved in the development of Modern Halal Valley in Indonesia, and would be most pleased to share more details on this development.

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Halal Supply Chain Certification: the next frontier in halal certification?

Halal supply chains are vulnerable to contamination, risk of contamination and perception issues, providing reputational risks for brand owners operating supply chains in and for Muslim markets. Halal requires a supply chain approach in order to ensure the integrity of a halal product, similar to food safety. Therefore, the halal assurance system of a company should go beyond ingredients and production process.

Halal certification for a supply chain would not limit the audit and certification process  to production  facilities,  with their  compliant  halal ingredients,  but  also certify the entire halal supply chain based on a more comprehensive halal assurance system covering end-to-end supply chain standard operating procedures. But, is the certification of an end-to-end halal supply chain even possible?

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Halal Europe: A Premium Halal-Tayyib Brand?

Europe is a leading exporter of food products, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals to
Muslim countries in Asia and the Middle East. Unlike Australia, New Zealand, Singapore
and Thailand, the halal standards in European countries do not organise their safety
standards. While Muslim countries are introducing new halal standards and strengthening
their certification requirements, exporters in European countries are increasingly facing
difficulties in complying with the new halal regulations. European governments have
regarded these new regulations as barriers to their trade with Muslim countries. Does this
reflect their lack of understanding of halal, or do they have a valid argument?

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Halal risk management: combining robustness and resilience

Integrity of halal products is becoming an increasing concern for governments and industries. To better protect halal brands and corporate reputation, there are evident benefits of extending halal assurance towards the supply chain. 

Three halal supply chain risk cycles are proposed: (1) risk prevention: risk vulnerability assessment, supply chain (re)design, vertical and horizontal collaboration, monitoring; (2) risk mitigation: investigative audits, cross-functional team, risk mitigation and communication plan, monitoring; and (3) risk recovery: risk recovery and communication plan, resume operations, maintain employee support, review risk mitigation and recovery plans.

As halal is going through an evolution, towards a halal supply chain and value chain, halal-certified brands need better protection. It is the first study investigating halal risk and reputation management for halal-certified brands.

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Leveraging blockchain technology for halal supply chains

Halal supply chains have inherent problems or flaws, namely in traceability (ability to verify the location of a product) and in organising product recalls; transportation and warehousing (storage) compliance downstream the supply chain in accordance to halal requirements; end-to-end chain integrity (unbroken chain): from source to point of consumer purchase; different halal systems and interpretations of different markets; and lack of integration of information technology systems. Transparency of halal supply chains is needed in order to ensure trust and authenticity of a halal brand. Halal blockchains combine the distributed ledger technology with smart contracts, having the potential to create high performance halal supply chain networks.  The main objectives to be achieved with halal blockchains are reliable data and trust of halal supply chains; seamless and efficient halal process from source to point of consumer purchase; sustainability of halal supply chains; consumer confide…

Halal Reputation Management: combining individual and collective reputation management strategies

Halal reputation can be defined as a collective representation of the firm’s past actions & halal performance, and the firm’s future ability to meet halal requirements. Drivers of company’s halal reputation are halal authenticity; trustworthiness of a halal certification of origin; messages by company and supply chain partners; and messages by external stakeholders. Based on the drivers of company’s halal reputation, companies need to track their halal reputation performance and make this a key performance indicator of their business. Instead of a reactive system, based on contemporary compliance with the requirements of a particular halal certification body, towards a more proactive integrated approach of halal reputation management. Combining individual and collective reputation management strategies enhances both the risk avoidance and responsiveness during a halal crisis.  Governments and halal certification bodies carry a heavy responsibility and obligation in limiting reputa…

Halal blockchain to boost supply chain transparency

A series of high profile halal issues and scandals in recent years with top brands have shown that halal reputation and loyalty from the Muslim consumer can change very quickly. Transparency of halal supply chains is needed in order to ensure trust and authenticity of a halal brand. The principle of a shared database that is safe, open and verifiable without a central operator is an attractive proposition.

What is a halal blockchain?

Blockchain is the main technology behind Bitcoin. Blockchain is already called the fourth industrial revolution. It is a digital public ledger containing stringed data blocks with information, similar to our DNA. It is not stored somewhere centrally, but distributed on many servers throughout the world. Blockchains are encrypted and automatically synchronised in the distributed blockchains and makes them a trusted public ledger that everyone can inspect, but no single user controls.

A halal blockchain is a digital ledger of all halal supply chain transacti…