Fast food is not a new trend, and for some of the major global chains, neither is halal. Halal fast food is growing, and these top five, American made, major chains have already gotten a head start in serving the growing Muslim populations nationally and internationally.
- Halal and Lovin’ It
Top burger chain McDonalds, which started as a barbeque-transformed simple burger stand in the late 1940’s, has a place in history and fills the stomachs of an impressive 68 million customers daily through 35,000 stores in 119 countries.
McDonalds fails to serve halal fast food in major US, UK and markets however, caters to the cultural and religious norms of other host countries such as India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Indonesia, Turkey, Pakistan, and in the UAE. There are more than 250 certified Halal locations in India, 300 plus in Malaysia, nearly 250 in Turkey, 160 in Indonesia, over 100 in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia, 30 in Pakistan, and 120 in Singapore.
2. Eat Fresh-and Halal
Pete’s Super Submarines, now known as Subway, was founded in 1965 in Connecticut with a $1,000 dollar loan. The single sandwich shop then expanded into the franchise chain that is well known worldwide, with over 44,000 restaurants in 110 countries.
About 2,000 of these chains exist across the UK and of these, around 200 serve only Halal Meat and others that have removed pork from their menus to reach the growing demand from Muslim consumer. Subways in India offer substitutions of lamb and chicken, while a few serve an all-vegetarian menu. While no halal Subway franchises exist in the United States, a few of the restaurants are Kosher certified and do not sell pork products. India serves a no pork or beef menu in 395 establishments in India due to the large Muslim and Hindu population.
3. Finger Lickin’ Halal Chicken
The first KFC franchise opened its doors in 1952 in Salt Lake City Utah and now serves up the famous Colonel Sanders secret recipe chicken in almost 19,000 units in 118 different countries. What started as humble beginnings and just a nickel a piece from each chicken sold in the United States, has grown into one of the top fast food chains worldwide, serving customers of all cultures and religious backgrounds.
KFC has been deemed the worlds most popular chicken restaurant and one of the top halal fast food chains, and is serving up Halal fast food trials in at least 90 locations throughout the UK and in offers halal-certified chicken in 27 locations throughout the United States. KFC also serves up Halal fast food in Singapore, India, Malaysia, the Middle East and others.
4. Get Halal Caffeinated
Founders of the Seattle startup Starbucks met at the University of San Franciso and initially sold roasted coffee beans. They now sell millions of Frappuccinos and Mocha Latte’s worldwide from more than 21,000 shops in 65 countries.
Though not entirely halal in offering across the board, there are plenty of halal options for the Muslim consumer at any Starbucks location, not to mention completely Halal menus in countries that are predominantly Muslim populated. With global responsibility a major priority in business, Starbucks makes note that they follow cultural and religious preferences when partnering with other countries in order to serve the best interest of all customers.
5. Makin’ it Great, and Halal
Founded in 1958 by two university students in Kansas on a $600 loan from their mother, the globally known name was chosen based on limited sign space. By 1971, Pizza Hut became the most popular pizza restaurant in the world.
Now with more than 11,000 restaurants spread over 100 countries, the well-known pizza hub serves up halal fast food to a global audience. To date, there are about 45 halal huts in Singapore, almost 30 in the UK and about 15 halal Pizza Huts in Sri Lanka.
6. Potential: Always Halal and Always Different
Be on the look out for another contender in the global Halal fast food market as the Halal Guys, a New York street cart turned franchise deal, intends to open at least 100 locations including ones in Canada and the Middle East within a five year period.
With the growing success of international halal fast food, more large chains should take note and expand their halal offerings. Besides, what business can afford not to target a projected trillion dollar market?
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**Numbers in this article may not be actual, they are estimates based on the most recent data available on the world wide web.