The value of catering your food service to the Islamic faith

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Today is a public holiday, as declared by the Philippine government, in observance of the Feast of Ramadan or Eid'l Fitr. Eid'l Fitr is celebrated by the Islamic faith three days after the end of the month of their fasting (Ramadan).

Speaking of the Islamic faith, they are the second largest population in the country, with 94% of them living in the southern part of the Philippines, especially in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) region, according to the data of the Philippine Statistics Authority (then called the National Statistics Office).

Imagine that you are in the food service industry and you want to cater to people of various cultures, including the Islamic faith. You will then research about their dietary laws, and why they do what they do. This is what you've found:
  • They don't eat swine (pork) meat
  • They don't eat meat of animals that has felt pain before being slaughtered, or has died of themselves
  • They don't eat blood (thus they have a method of slaughtering that is based on their Quran called Dhabīḥah)
  • They don't eat meat dedicated to other than Allah (God in Arabic)
  • They don't drink alcoholic beverages
  • They have a certification called "Halal," where the produce has been processed with the Islamic demographic in mind making it safe to eat by their standards.
After knowing this, you start to ask your friends who are Muslims what to do next so that you can cater to them. If your business caters to a wide variety of cultures, not just Islam, you will take consideration of the processes they do and the rules that they follow. Having a product or service that caters to, and respect different cultures is appreciated by your target market, so better think about the possibilities.

There are lots of ideas and concepts on doing business in the Philippines at the 7th Philippine Business & Entrepreneurs' Expo this August 26 to 28 at the SM Megatrade Hall in Mandaluyong City. You can talk with fellow entrepreneurs, or just observe and gain knowledge to polish your business and expand it further.

This event is organized by business event organizer Ex-Link Management & Marketing Services Corporation. For inquiries and partnerships, call telephone numbers 633-01-53, 643-3887 or email Ex-Link Events is also on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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