A halah producer says he’s been selling produce from a Saudi-based market for years in his home town of Manchester, Tennessee.
Halal certification and sales are still restricted to Muslims in the United States and the United Kingdom, but marketplaces like the online marketplace ShabbatMarket are popping up across the country.
According to a post on ShabbathMarket.com, the marketplace allows producers to buy halal products from markets like the one he operates in.
The marketplace was established to “help people like you to know about what’s halal, what’s not, and what’s legal in your state,” the post says.
“We’re hoping to grow that market over time, and help our community grow with more people in the marketplace.”
A growing halal and vegetarian market in the USThe marketplace has grown to over 1,200 sellers since its launch, and ShabbithMarket owner Nafisa Abdallah says the site is growing at a faster rate than he can keep up with.
“I’ve been here for the last year or two, and I’m pretty confident we’re going to grow the market,” Abdallah said.
“There are a lot of people that want to do halal business in the community.
I think it’s going to happen, but I’m not sure when.”
Abdallah said the halala market is growing fast because of the growing interest in the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
“When people come to this site, they’ll see that the Jewish community in this town has a really strong presence,” he said.
“There’s a lot going on in the halachic realm, and a lot is going on about the halakha.”
The market was launched in 2012, and now there are over 700 sellers on the site.
The growing interest is due to the popularity of Hanakkah, which began in Germany and is celebrated on January 6.
“People are seeing the halakhah and how the Jewish holidays work, and they’re interested in getting into the business,” Abdalla said.
The halal product market has been growing in the past decade, and is now valued at more than $3 billion, according to the American Association of Halal Producers.
But there are some halal consumers that do not want to purchase halal goods.
“For some people, the halawah is not as relevant as they think,” Abdollah said.
That’s why Shabbethamphe Marketplace is helping those who want to avoid buying halal foods.
“It’s really helpful to them to learn about halal food because it has a higher value, and it’s less expensive,” Abdah said.
Shabbethumphe Marketplace has expanded its services in recent years, but Abdallah still needs help keeping the site online.
“Right now, I have around 50 to 60 customers that come to the site and we need to get more people to use it,” he told ABC News.
Abdah said that ShabbothMarket.us has seen a lot more interest in selling halal produce in the last few months.
“Our biggest growth is the halah and the halate, so I think we’ll be expanding into other areas in the near future,” he added.ABC News’ Katie Smith contributed to this report.