Last week, Nestlé Malaysia, the Leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company, held their inaugural Halal Forum, which emphasized the
strong prospects of Malaysia as a leader in the global Halal industry. Following the theme,‘Malaysia, The Halal Centre of Excellence: A Flourishing Global Market’, the event saw industry stakeholders from both the public and private sector joining this informative session. Dato’ Seri Jamil Bidin, Chief Executive Officer of the Halal Industry Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (HDC), also graced the event as keynote speaker.
“The global Halal market is indeed thriving with huge potential and untapped opportunities. This rapidly growing industry is currently estimated to be worth RM8.4 trillion annually, comprising both the food and non-food sectors. The Halal food sector alone is worth almost RM2.5 trillion, and is also one of the fastest growing segments in the global food industry,” commented Dato’ Seri Jamil Bidin.
“While the Government has taken various initiatives to support the development of the Halal industry,” he added, “the realisation of the country’s vision to be the regional and global hub for Halal products and services requires active participation by the private sector. It is crucial that multi-stakeholder collaborations are established in order to continue propelling Malaysia’s Halal industry to greater heights. Forums such as these which encourage the sharing of expertise and knowledge between Halal industry stakeholders such as Nestlé Malaysia, JAKIM, HDC and Puratos are vital as we aim to realise our vision.”
Nestlé Malaysia pioneered the Halal standard for the Nestlé Group, and was the first food and beverage company to be certified Halal in Malaysia when the Government introduced the Halal certification in 1994. This commitment to Halal practices made Nestlé Malaysia into what it is today – the biggest Halal producer in the Nestlé world, exporting to over 50 countries globally, including the Middle East and Oceania. Nestlé Malaysia is also recognised as the Company’s Halal Centre of Excellence, providing policy guidelines, know-how and expertise on Halal to other Nestlé markets. Nestlé’s manufacturing facilities throughout the nation are 100% Halal, producing high quality made-in-Malaysia Halal food products for both domestic and export markets.
Mr Alois Hofbauer, Managing Director of Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad, said, “Clearly, there are strong prospects for the Halal F&B industry, with rising demand for Halal products, both regionally and globally. By sharing our resources, technical capabilities and best practices, we aim to facilitate the development of local suppliers to be able to compete in the global business environment, which will in turn elevate the standards of the local F&B industry.”
“Based on our philosophy of Creating Shared Value, Nestlé is a strong advocate of sustainable partnerships. In support of the Government’s vision of transforming Malaysian into a global Halal Centre of Excellence, it is vital that all stakeholders work together. We believe that initiatives such as today’s Forum will further support this, strengthening industry-wide collaborations and subsequently bringing us closer to realising this goal,” concluded Mr Hofbauer.
The Forum featured a number of value-adding talks, presentations and panel discussions by noteworthy speakers from Malaysia’s Halal industry. This included En. Mohd Fakarudin bin Mas’od, Principal Assistant Director, Halal Hub Division of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM), En. Wan Ahmad Sabree Wan Mohammad, Customer Service & Regulatory Manager and Halal Chairman of Puratos Malaysia Sdn Bhd, and Nestlé Malaysia’s own dedicated Halal team members, En. Sariffuddin Mahmud, Halal Operations Manager and En. Othman Md. Yusoff, Head of Halal Affairs, who concluded the session, speaking on the way forward for the industry.