How did J&M Food Products get into Halal Foods?
J & M Food Products’ first big customer for Halal foods was the US Military even though less than half of one percent of the US militaryisMuslim. “During military meetings and discussions with Muslims and Jews (we learned that) theMilitary thought Kosher would be good enough. We convinced them (that) we had to keep them separate,” says Ms. Jackson. Thats what started the ball rolling. Ms. Jackson, under the banner of J & M Food Products, created the first ever Halal military ration (MRE) and convinced the military to put it into the system.The military bid the contract for Halal rations out publicly and J & M Food Products has won it, as the sole supplier, every year since 1996. “At first, these were vegetarian meals dual certified as Kosher and Halal but then as the demand grew, meat was added to the menu. Today, they have 12 varieties, including meals comprising lamb, beef, chicken and cheese. All the pouches for the military and limited other customers are labeled in Arabic and Engl