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Cosmetics Next in Line to Boost Global Halal Trade

tradenews The recently concluded Beautyworld Middle East 2010, the largest international trade fair for beauty products in the Middle East, is proving that there is huge demand for halal cosmetics as well besides halal food. Increased participation from the US companies along with more than 700 exhibitors indicates that the rapidly growing halal cosmetics market of the Middle East cannot be overlooked upon.

A recent research from the Institute of Personal Care Science of Australia finds that the global cosmetics market is worth $334bn (Dh1.2tn) and the global halal cosmetics market is estimated at $13bn. According to another research from Euro Monitor International, the beauty and cosmetics industry is expected to increase globally by 8.5 percent by 2014, representing one of the few sectors that continues to grow despite the global meltdown.

While a Malaysian study described that the global halal business worth $635bn a year, had expanded from the Islamic countries to the Western nations with growing Muslim populations. In France, which is home to about five million Muslims, sales of halal food are set to reach $7.2bn by the end of this year.

Mah Hussain-Gambles, Founder, Saaf Pure Skincare, one of the first halal cosmetics companies in Europe, said "The industry has also benefitted from a rising concern about the use of harmful ingredients in cosmetics and 75 percent of my customers are non-Muslims.” She further added "The principles are the same – they want something that does not harm the body, the purity and that is exactly the same as the halal movement."

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Epoc Messe Frankfurt, organisers of Beautyworld Middle East 2010 apprized that with growing consumer awareness and the drive for quality ingredients, halal personal care products were a high-growth segment with tremendous potential. Similarly, Elaine O’Connell, Senior Show Manager of the beauty trade show opined customers in the prosperous and high-growth markets of the Middle East were becoming increasingly selective of the quality and content of the products they used, and this was reflected in the surge in demand for halal-certified beauty products.

By Jose Roy

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