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The US tech industry is known for being a progressive and forward-thinking community. But when it comes to food, it can sometimes be a different story.
For Muslim employees who observe halal dietary restrictions, finding quality and affordable halal food options can be a challenge. And that’s where Caterzen comes in.
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The Struggle to Find Halal-Certified Caterers
In the united states the Muslim population is growing. And with that growth comes the need for more businesses to be halal-certified. However, the process of finding halal-certified caterers can be difficult. This is because the certification is not always well-known or publicized.
The difficulties in finding halal-certified caterers
The United States is home to a large and growing Muslim population, estimated at 3.45 million in 2017. While the majority of Muslims in the U.S. do not keep strict halal dietary guidelines, an estimated one-third of American Muslims do consume only halal foods. This includes not only meat that has been slaughtered according to Islamic law, but also dairy products, eggs, and processed foods made without pork or alcohol.
For companies with Muslim employees, this can pose a problem when it comes to providing food at work events or ordering catering for office parties. While there are a growing number of halal-certified caterers in the U.S., they can be difficult to find, and their services can be more expensive than those of non-certified caterers.
In 2017, Google made headlines when it was revealed that the company had been struggling to find halal-certified caterers for its offices in Mountain View, California. After months of trying, Google finally found a catering company that could meet its needs, but the episode highlights the difficulties that many companies face when trying to accommodate the dietary restrictions of their Muslim employees.
The lack of options for halal-certified caterers
When it comes to food, the options for Muslims in the United States are pretty limited. There are only a handful of halal-certified restaurants in the country, and even fewer caterers. For years, this lack of options made it difficult for Muslims to find cater their events.
In recent years, however, a number of Muslim-owned businesses have started to offer catering services that are certified halal. These businesses have been able to fill a much-needed niche in the market, and they are slowly but surely gaining recognition from the Muslim community.
Despite the slowly growing number of halal-certified catering businesses, many Muslims still struggle to find cater their events. This is often due to the fact that most catering companies do not advertise their halal certification, making it difficult for Muslims to know which companies they can trust.
Fortunately, there are a few online directories that list halal-certified catering companies. These directories can be a great resource for Muslims who are looking for cater their events.
The Cost of Halal-Certified Caterers
It’s no secret that the tech industry has been struggling to get its act together when it comes to Halal catering. A recent report by the BBC found that only 22% of tech firms in the UK are providing Halal-certified food, compared to 77% of Muslim-owned businesses. This lack of Halal options is not only costing Muslim employees their jobs, but also Muslim customers their business.
The high cost of halal-certified caterers
In the past, US tech companies have struggled to find halal-certified caterers that can provide food for their Muslim employees. This has often led to Muslim employees having to go without food during work hours, or eating non-halal food options.
However, a recent article in The Muslim Observer highlights how some US tech companies are now working to get their halal catering act together. The article notes that while the cost of halal-certified catering can be high, it is nothing compared to the cost of not being able to cater for Muslim employees.
The article quoteswan Arabia-based Islamic scholar Shaykh Yusuf Badat who says that “The reality is that if you want to do something right, it will come at a cost.” He adds that “if you want to do something incorrectly or in a substandard way, it will be cheaper.”
This sentiment is echoed by Maryam Amjad, CEO of M&A Halal Catering, who is quoted as saying “You get what you pay for.” She adds that “If you want good quality halal food, you have to be willing to pay for it.”
While the cost of halal catering can be seen as a barrier to entry for some companies, it is clear that there is a growing awareness of the need for such services. With this in mind, it is likely that we will see more US tech companies embracing halal catering in the future.
The lack of affordability of halal-certified caterers
Despite the fact that the Muslim population is growing in the United States, there is still a lack of halal-certified caterers. This can be attributed to the high cost of certification, as well as the lack of awareness among potential customers.
Certification costs can range from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand, and this expense is often passed on to customers in the form of higher prices. In addition, many caterers are not aware of the certification process or what it entails. As a result, they are not able to provide accurate information to potential customers who may be interested in halal options.
The lack of affordable and certified halal caterers can be a barrier for Muslims looking to host events or gatherings. It can also lead to Muslims feeling isolated from the mainstream catering industry. However, there are some steps being taken to help address this issue.
One organization, Halal Catering USA, is working to increase awareness of halal catering options by providing a directory of certified caterers. In addition, they offer resources and support for those interested in starting their own halal catering business. Hopefully, with more awareness and education, the number of affordable and certified halal caterers will increase, making it easier for Muslims to host events and gatherings without feeling like they have to compromise their beliefs or traditions.
The Convenience of Halal-Certified Caterers
For anyone who keeps kosher or halaal, the options for ordering in food have always been pretty limited. If you’re lucky, you might live in an area with a few halal-certified restaurants, but more often than not, you’re stuck with fast food or cooking your own meals. This can be especially difficult if you’re working late hours or don’t have time to cook during the week. Thankfully, there are now a few halal-certified catering companies that make it easy to get halal-certified meals delivered right to your door.
The lack of convenience of halal-certified caterers
For Muslims in the United States, finding halal-certified caterers can be a challenge. While there are a growing number of halal-certified restaurants, catering companies are lagging behind. This is particularly problematic for tech companies, which often rely on caterers to provide food for events and office lunches.
The lack of convenience of halal-certified caterers has been a source of frustration for many Muslims in the tech industry. In 2016, Slack was criticized for not having any halal-certified caterers on its list of approved vendors. The company eventually added two halal-certified caterers to its list, but only after Muslim employees spoke out about the lack of options.
One Muslim employee at a major tech company told me that her company used to have a halal-certified caterer, but stopped using them because they were more expensive than the non-halal options. She said that her company hasn’t been able to find a suitable replacement since then.
Muslim employees at tech companies have made it clear that they want more convenient access to halal food. However, it remains to be seen whether or not these companies will make the necessary changes to accommodate their needs.
The need for more halal-certified caterers
Since 9/11, there has been a growing demand for halal-certified caterers in the United States. This is due to the fact that many Muslims require their food to be prepared in accordance with Islamic law.
However, it has been difficult for US tech companies to find halal-certified caterers. This is because there are very few halal-certified caterers in the country.
This has led to a number of problems for US tech companies. For example, some employees have had to miss work because they could not find a halal-certified caterer.
In addition, many Muslim employees have had to settle for food that is not strictly halal. This can be problematic for Muslims who have strict dietary requirements.
Fortunately, there are a number of initiatives underway to help US tech companies find halal-certified caterers. For example, the Bay Area Council’s Muslim Caucus is working with catering companies to help them get certified by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
It is hoped that these initiatives will help to make it easier for US tech companies to find halal-certified caterers. This will allow more Muslim employees to participate fully in the workplace and will help to create a more inclusive environment for all workers.