just-food’s most popular analysis articles in 2011 had a very international flavour. Denmark’s move to levy a tax on saturated fat grabbed your attention, as did our features on India’s infant formula and biscuit sectors. Click on the headlines for more.
Focus: Denmark’s saturated fat tax provokes industry anger
Denmark is set to introduce a tax on food high in saturated fat. The levy, the Danish government claims, will improve the health of the population. The food sector has hit back, questioning that rationale and arguing that consumers will travel to neighbouring countries to buy the affected foods anyway. And, as Gerard O’Dwyer reports, the EU could rule that the tax breaks free trade rules.
BRICs and beyond: Danone enters India’s buoyant infant-formula market
India’s infant nutrition sector is expanding rapidly and it is set to have a new entrant – Danone. Last week, the French food group struck a deal to buy the nutrition business of local company Wockhardt Group, a move that means it will compete head on market leader Nestle.
Category crunch: The rise of gluten-free foods in the UK
Improving coeliac diagnosis rates and the increasing number of people becoming aware of the benefits of a gluten-free diet are driving growth in the sector in the UK. In part one of this month’s category crunch, Petah Marian uncovers the opportunities that remain in the sector.
Category crunch: The “emerging market” of US yoghurt – part 1
Yoghurt has been a staple of European diets for decades but the US remains a fledgling market for the product. Demand, however, is growing. In a new monthly look at specific categories around the world, Dean Best looks at what is driving the growth of the US yoghurt market.
BRICs and beyond: Foreign firms face fight for India’s biscuit market
Kraft Foods’ recent move to launch its Oreo biscuit brand into India has drawn attention to what is a growing sector in the country. India’s biscuit market is attracting growing multinational interest but powerful domestic players already dominate the market and the jury is out over whether foreign companies can easily grab market share. Mini Pant Zachariah reports for just-food from Mumbai.
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BRICs and beyond: Egypt crisis sparks food supply jitters in Europe
The Egyptian political crisis could hardly have happened at a worse time for the European food industry, struggling to contain the recent significant increases in commodity prices.
On the move: Critics line up as Premier’s Schofield announces exit
The markets aren’t always right but perhaps it was indicative of the City’s opinion of Premier Foods plc’s chief executive Robert Schofield that shares in the UK’s largest food maker rose when he announced his plans to retire earlier today (28 April).
Talking shop: Are German supermarkets seeing a renaissance?
The German grocery sector is characterised by low-prices and discounter dominance, resulting in razor-thin margins for operators in this highly-competitive sector.
Focus: The uncomfortable truth for Australian food suppliers
In describing Australia as an “inhospitable” market, Heinz expressed what many suppliers feel but fear to say. But it’s an awkward truth, Ben Cooper writes. The last thing the Australian food industry wants is international investors viewing it as a hostile market.