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Halal food production on rise in the Balkans
by Rusmir Smajilhodzic
Trying to fight back against the persistent economic crisis in the Balkans, food producers here have turned towards halal food, targeting rising demand from markets in Western and Muslim countries.
At a recent three-day halal food fair in the Bosnian capital, the first of its kind in the Balkans, some 30 producers from the region gathered to present their goods -- meat products, cheese, sweets, pastry, oils and even halal cosmetics.
"The halal market represents more than one billion people across the globe. It is a young market with an important purchasing power," said Amel Kovacevic, one of the organisers of a halal food fair in Sarajevo.
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