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Linking Halal food certification and business performance

Mohamed Syazwan Ab Talib (Faculty of Management, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia)
Thoo Ai Chin (Faculty of Management, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia)
Johan Fischer (Roskilde Universitet, Roskilde, Denmark)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 3 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between Halal food certification (HFC) and business performance. This study argues that Halal food certificate implementation positively influences business performance.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 210 Halal certified food manufacturing companies in Malaysia participated in the study. Data were gathered through a structured questionnaire and were analysed using partial least squares structural equation modelling technique.

Findings

The study proved that HFC has a positive relationship with operational performance. Additionally, operational performance mediates the relationship between HFC and financial performance. Altogether, this signifies that Halal food certificate implementation positively influences business performance.

Practical implications

By linking HFC and business performance, managers may be aware of the significant role of HFC in influencing operational and financial performance. It would entice more food companies to become Halal certified that opens up an opportunity to a lucrative Halal food industry. It also empirically justifies that a religion-based food certification has the ability to influence business performance, consistent with other established food standards such as ISO 22000 or HACCP.

Originality/value

Although numerous studies have concentrated on well-established food certifications, the expanding Muslim population, rising demand for Halal food, and lucrative Halal food market have raised the attention on HFC research among academicians and practitioners. This research is able to highlight the importance of implementing HFC among food companies as it could potentially lead to superior business outcomes.

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Citation

Ab Talib, M.S., Ai Chin, T. and Fischer, J. (2017), "Linking Halal food certification and business performance", British Food Journal, Vol. 119 No. 7, pp. 1606-1618. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-01-2017-0019

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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