“Leading national ecosystems’ in halal: ASEAN, Australia and Pakistan get top spots in Global Islamic Economy report … – FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Malaysia came in second, behind the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Australia came in sixth, Brunei seventh and Pakistan eighth.

This means that in terms of their halal food ecosystems, all four countries beat out Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population in the world.

That said, the report added that Indonesia made a significant rise in the halal food list, with a substantial boost in events and press coverage related to halal food driving increased awareness’​.

The report calculated metrics and rankings based on the Global Islamic Economic Indicator (GIEI), which evaluates the leading national ecosystems for supporting Islamic economy companies’ ​and gives a numerical score.

Within this, Malaysia scored 81 points for halal food, just 10 points behind the UAE. Brunei and Pakistan both scored 58 points, and Australia scored an estimated 59 points.

Notable upcoming competitors in the halal food industry are China, Thailand and the Philippines.

China has seen extensive investments in this area, especially geared towards domestic halal food companies.

“Notably, [these include] a US$32.8 million investment by Henan Shuinghui Investment and Development Company into Wuhui Shuanghai Food, and with a AED 1.35 billion investment in the Dubai Halal Food Park, China is positioning itself to be a leading exporter of halal food,”​ said the report.

“Thailand [has made] important strides in developing a halal regulatory ecosystem, with a world-leading Halal Research Center at Chulalongkorn University, and the Philippines seeking to develop the Asia Halal Center, a 100-hectare processing facility.”

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