Batam, Bintan to be hubs for halal goods

They are among four areas in Indonesia's plan to be big player in global halal market

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The island is one of four pilot locations identified by the Indonesian government to process food, beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals in accordance with Islamic standards.
The upcoming halal industrial park, which is part of Bintan Industrial Estate. The Bintan park will focus on food and beverage products, while the Batam park will specialise in non-food products such as cosmetics. Each park will be developed in phase
The upcoming halal industrial park, which is part of Bintan Industrial Estate. The Bintan park will focus on food and beverage products, while the Batam park will specialise in non-food products such as cosmetics. Each park will be developed in phases and will be at least 10ha, about half the size of Jurong Bird Park. PHOTO: GALLANT VENTURE
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Home to beach resorts, electronics and garment factories, Batam and Bintan are poised to become a hub producing halal food and products, as Indonesia moves to tap a multi-trillion-dollar global market.

The islands are among four pilot locations identified by the Indonesian government to develop a "halal park", a designated industrial zone to process food, beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals that comply with Islamic standards so Muslims can consume them. Halal is Arabic for "permissible".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2018, with the headline Batam, Bintan to be hubs for halal goods. Subscribe