ISA - HMCA Partnership: HMCA and ISA are your Guide to the Global Halal Market

Since HMCA’s founding in 2009, Halal Montreal Certification Authority (HMCA) has established strong relationships and partnerships with global Halal governing Halal bodies and fellow international Halal certifiers.  In mid-2018, HMCA changed ownership and management while remaining a Canadian based and wholly owned entity to become part of a larger expansion in the Halal industry. To that end, HMCA is affiliated with USA based ISA Inc. dba Islamic Services of America.  Together, the two organizations cover North America (USA-Canada-Mexico), serving the diverse and ongoing needs of clients of all sizes.

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ISA was founded in 1975 as a community outreach organization primarily supporting foreign students from Malaysia, Indonesia and Middle East countries as they adjusted to life in America at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa.  Shortly thereafter, as an additional measure of cross-cultural support, ISA forayed into the Halal industry to help with religious dietary needs of students and other domestic Halal consumers.  The rest is history as ISA became the first North American Halal certifier for local, domestic and overseas markets.

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Expansion of our Global Recognition and Accreditation:

HMCA/ISA accreditation provides international credibility and compliance to organizations operating within numerous consumable and non-consumable industries throughout North America.
As affiliated companies and members of the World Halal Food Council (WHFC), HMCA and ISA are well poised to handle all sectors of the Halal industry with an internationally trained team of management, administrative staff, customer service representatives and QA food scientists. 


Together, both organizations serve the needs of customers through international accreditations for Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and many other Asian and Middle Eastern countries requiring recognized and competent Halal certification bodies.  Companies seeking Halal certification can rest assured when they select HMCA or ISA, that all their global halal certification needs are met.

We will provide you with professional, knowledgeable, timely value-added services every time.

Global Islamic economy report

The Global Islamic Economy is booming from the past decade

Source: State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2018/19

The sectors which are experiencing profits are: Halal food, Islamic Finance, Halal travel, Halal fashion, Halal media and recreation, Halal pharmaceuticals and cosmetics etc.  Millennials are playing a critical role in the nature and development of economics worldwide with Muslim millennials being considered one of the 21st century's most poweful economic forces.

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The global Muslim population is growing to be tech-savvy and self-empowered, and is expected to increase by 73%- from 1.6 billion in 2010, to 2.8 billion in 2050, with one third of Muslims today under 15 years old and nearly two-thirds under 30. Millennials are often referred as Generation Y.  The latest studies show they have an estimated combined spending power of $2.45 trillion.

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Enjoying a prime cut of the future $1.9 trillion Halal market

With awareness of Halal food expanding and its positioning as pure and hygienic food gaining solid ground, the sector has become fertile with opportunities globally. The latest SGIE Report (State of The Global Islamic Economy Report 16/17) bears testament to the growing optimism, with 80% industry respondents assessing the Halal food sector performance as ‘good’ and a staggering 37.5% rating it as ‘excellent’.

Halal fish and meat

The anticipated market size seems equally reassuring too, as the Report expects the Muslim population spend on edible consumables to reach a whopping $1.9 trillion by 2021 (8.6% CAGR 2016-21).

However, it is worthwhile remembering that Halal as a food choice goes beyond the Muslim consumer. Driven by the purity benchmarks and the ascending fear of meat transparency, non-Muslims across the world are opting for Halal – boosting the sector’s growth from a niche to a mainstream market.

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Makeup, meds and sports wear: Why Halal has become big business

By Sophie Morlin-Yron, for CNN

You might think of Halal as just being a set of Islamic rules about meat, but the global Halal industry incorporates everything from medicines to cosmetics. And the industry is growing fast.

One report valued the global halal food and beverage market at $1.37 trillion in 2014, which represented 18% of the entire market, and the number of Muslims worldwide is expected to increase from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.8 billion in 2050, according to Pew Research Center.

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In Europe, the halal market is growing at an estimated annual rate of between 10-20% -- depending on what products you include -- a demand driven by a general desire for Sharia compliance among a growing Muslim population, according to Paulius Kuncinas, business analyst and managing editor, Asia, at Oxford Business Group

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Global Halal Market 2018 Consumption Analysis, Health Benefits, Production Growth, Regional Overview and Forecast Outlook till 2025

The global halal market size is expected to reach USD 9.71 trillion by 2025. Economic development of leading Islamic countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Iran is expected to boost the global halal products market reach over the coming years.

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The global halal market size is expected to reach USD 9.71 trillion by 2025. Growing Muslim consumers coupled with the increasing offering of halal-certified products is expected to drive the global halal market over the projected period. Developed Islamic economic ecosystem coupled with investments in the halal industry by Philippines, China, and Thailand is expected to increase market concentration over the coming years. Technological advancement in the global halal industry to offer halal certified products has gained consumer attraction over the past few years. For instance, evolving blockchain technology to confirm halal compliance during each stage of the production has eliminated fraud and increased product quality.

Operating in the global halal food industry are offering halal certified ingredients in their product by virtue of growing consumer demand. Multinationals are grabbing opportunity by expanding their facilities. For instance, in 2018, Haribo, a gummy manufacturer opened a halal candy store in the UK. Moreover, growing halal consumption all over the world has encouraged multinationals to enter the market.

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Halal cosmetics companies urged to tap into 'substantial’ opportunity in organic, ethical market

There is "substantial" opportunity in the broader organic, cruelty-free, vegetarian and vegan cosmetics markets that native halal companies can tap into.

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The study valued Muslim expenditure on cosmetics at $61 billion in 2017 and projects it to grow 6.9 percent to reach $90 billion in 2023. 

The global organic personal care market was estimated at a much lower $12.9 billion in 2017 but has a higher forecasted rate of growth, at 9.5 percent a year, to reach $25.11 billion by 2025.

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By Debra Kamin, The New York Times

Muslims now make up one of the fastest-growing segments of the global travel industry. In response, hotels and tour operators are increasingly trying to meet their dietary and religious needs.

For one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global travel industry, there is no pork on the hotel dinner menus. There are flights with no alcohol on the drink carts, resorts with separate swimming pools for men and women, and daily itineraries with built-in break times for the five daily calls to prayer.

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Since 2016, the number of Muslim travelers has grown nearly 30 percent, and a recent joint study by Mastercard and Crescent Rating, a research group that tracks halal-friendly travel, projects that over the next decade that sector’s contribution to the global economy will jump to $300 billion from $180 billion. With a population that is disproportionately young, educated and upwardly mobile, they are one of the fastest-growing demographics on the global tourism scene.

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What are the barriers to growth in the halal industry?

By Euronews

Halal food is the largest and most diverse sector within the Islamic economy.

The word ‘halal’ relates to what is permissible under Islamic law, and in food terms this involves animals being slaughtered and processed in a particular way. In addition, products should not contain pork or alcohol.

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According to the State of the Global Islamic Economy report by Thomson Reuters, Muslim expenditure in the food and beverage sector will exceed $1.9 trillion by 2022.

The sector’s expansion has resulted in the emergence of numerous halal startups, from baby food and confectionary to ready-meals.

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