The Muslim population is expected to grow reaching up to two fifth of the world’s total population. This is where Brunei comes in with their stringent Halal certification process. For foreign corporations seeking to establish trust and credibility among the global Islamic community, Brunei’s stringent Halal certification process might just be what they need.
With the potential to be a Halal hub in the region, Brunei’s reputation for strong Islamic traditions and governance further strengthens its credibility in the Halal industry. In addition, Brunei offers no personal income tax and no value added tax, with zero corporate income tax for a registered pioneer status. By 2025, the global Halal food industry is expected to be worth USD2.10 trillion.
Ghanim International Corporation
Since 2009, Ghanim International Corporation has been developing, marketing and promoting bruneihalalfoods products across the world. There are close to 60 bruneihalalfoods products in the market. Most of the products are manufactured by local small and medium enterprises (SME).
With an aim to address the growing requisite for Halal, quality, safety and sustainability in all aspects of consumption, Ghanim International Corporation’s vision is to be the iconic global halal brand that will excel through innovation and virtue. The company creates products through research and development to bring innovative product solutions to the market, thereby providing assurance to their consumers that bruneihalalfoods products are Halal and wholesome in its properties.
Ghanim International Corporation’s products include poultry, dairy, processed foods and ingredients manufactured by partners across Brunei, Australia and the United Kingdom. They are currently developing and providing solutions to cosmetic and pharmaceutical products, as well as working with 12 local SMEs. The company is in discussion with another 25 local SMEs for greater collaboration.
Western Foods & Packaging Sdn Bhd
Marsa Yag Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi (Marsa Yag), a Turkish-based company, helped establish Western Foods and Packaging Sdn Bhd (WFP) to manufacture margarine, oil and fats products. As one of Turkey’s pioneers in edible oil and fats manufacturing, Marsa Yag exports to over 65 countries.
In November 2017, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office opened WFP’s BND50 million manufacturing plant in Serasa. The plant is capable of producing 200 tonnes of margarine per day at full capacity, thus diversifying Brunei’s economy and leading Brunei towards its national Brunei Vision 2035.
The products are Halal-certified by the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) and are intended to serve the growing global market demand for quality Halal food products. They will also be the first margarine and edible oil products to be exported from Brunei.
The main raw ingredient of margarine is palm oil. WFP sources its palm oil from Malaysia. Their by-products can also be used as chicken feed or to make soap and detergent. The finished product will be exported to the ASEAN region and beyond through Brunei’s main port, the Muara Port.
WFP is also looking into downstream opportunities for its products which can be used as ingredients to make biscuit, chocolates, pastries and ice cream.
Saahtain Asia Sdn Bhd
In November 2017, United Arab Emirates-based Saahtain Group officially launched its Bruneian subsidiary Saahtain Asia Sdn Bhd, manufacturing ready-to-eat Halal meals at their newly operational facility at the Salambigar Industrial Park for export.
Produced with locally sourced raw materials, Saahtain Asia Sdn Bhd products are all Brunei Halal-certified. On top of its premium quality, the products meet global food safety standards, being Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certified.
Brunei is the Saahtain group’s second site of production after Dubai. The company will focus on producing the company’s signature line of:
• Al Gourmet – marketed for general retail
• Tayyib – designed for humanitarian aid and disaster relief
• TheFoodPouch – utilised as military grade ration packs
Saahtain’s products have been used in several global crisis situations, including the Gaza conflict, the earthquake in Nepal, feeding orphans in Ghana and the Rohingya refugee crisis.
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