THAILAND PLANS TO PROMOTE ITSELF AS THE WORLD’S HALAL KITCHEN
By Ekkarat Mukem / Eat-halal.com / 1 Feb 2014
Muslim products offer Thai businesses a major global opportunity Thai entrepreneurs are keen to tap the growing market for halal products and services, both at home and globally.
Plans are getting under way to promote Thailand as the World’s Muslim Kitchen, with a project to establish a halal industrial estate in Songkhla, while the major tourist cities of Phuket and Chiang Mai are also preparing to capitalise on the growth in halal industries. Previously, halal food in Thailand was produced by Muslims and was intended for consumption by Muslims, so the products did not need halal certification.
Halal means “allowed under Islamic rules”. Over the years, the Muslim population in Thailand has increased, creating a rising demand for halal food. Non-Muslim manufacturers have spotted and carved a niche in the expanding domestic and global halal markets. Since Thailand is a non-Muslim country and many halal food manufacturers are non-Muslims, it is difficult for halal food exports to be widely accepted by consumers in Muslim countries.
They have tried to produce food products and services to meet the halal standards and religious requirements and to win the trust of Muslim consumers. Halal certification began in Thailand in 1948 when non-Muslim food manufacturers asked the Office of the Chularatchamontri to certify their products. In 1982, the Central Islamic Council of Thailand began issuing halal certificates. In 1996, the halal certification logo was registered with the Department of Commercial Registration, which was later renamed the Department of Business Development. Read more