This week's featured research from the just-food store includes reports looking at the latest developments in Australia's baby food market, France's biscuit sector and the UK breakfast cereal industry.

Baby Food in Australia
According to this report from Euromonitor, the size of Australia's baby food sector rose 9% in value terms in 2013. However, the growth was not across the board and was largely confined to milk formula, which experienced growth of 12%. Most of this was not due to demand from Australian parents, but from parents in China. Concerns about the quality of milk formula in China is leading to Chinese parents attempting to source their milk formula from elsewhere around the globe.

Biscuits in France
Demand for biscuits in France, where private-label market leader Biscuit Poult could be set for a change of ownership, was almost stable in 2013. French consumers are increasingly trying to have a healthy and balanced diet and consequently reducing the amount of sugar and salt they eat. As a result, they are paying closer attention to purchases of biscuits. They increasingly buy more savoury biscuits and crackers to eat with drinks before meals.

Global Dairy Innovation 2014 report
Internationally, the dairy sector saw dynamic growth in 2013, the authors behind this report claim. Hundreds of products were introduced, ranging from snacks to drinks, with functions addressing weight management and memory enhancement, among others. With dairy in growth across all sub-sectors, manufacturers have created a number of new products in an effort to capture share of this growing market.

The Future of the Confectionery Market in Sweden to 2017: Market Size, Distribution and Brand Share, Key Events and Competitive Landscape
This report presents detailed analysis on the Confectionery consumption trends in Sweden, historic and forecast Confectionery consumption volumes and values at market and category level. It also provides indispensable data on brand share, distribution channels, profiles of companies active in the global Confectionery market along with latest industry news, in addition to mergers & acquisitions.

The Future of the Bakery & Cereals Market in the United Kingdom to 2017: Market Size, Distribution and Brand Share, Key Events and Competitive Landscape
Detailed product sales segmentation (by both volume and value) is provided in this report on the bakery and cereals market in the UK, where growth has been tough to come by in recent years. The report includes brand data, and sales by distribution channel, at the product category level. Future forecasts are also provided together with profiles of companies active in the global bakery and cereals market.

Seafood (UK) - Industry Report
This analysis provides a detailed overview of the seafood market in the UK and delivers a comprehensive individual analysis on the top 600 companies. The report, from Plimsoll, has information on the financial trends over the past four years, including a graphical look at a company's financial performance, and a four-year assessment of profit/loss and balance sheets.

Soup in Canada
The mature soup category in Canada was set decline by 1% in value and volume terms in 2013, according to researchers at Euromonitor. Soups in general have had great difficulty maintaining consumer interest in recent years. Many younger consumers are simply uninterested in packaged soups, finding them boring. More opportunities, however, continue to exist in chilled products as well as developing new flavours, including ethnic flavours to tap into the changing demographic landscape in Canada. This report looks at the category.

Grocery Retailers (Finland) Industry Report
This report includes a wealth of information on the financial trends over the past four years. The analysis is ideal for anyone wanting to see the market leaders, identify companies heading for failure, seek out the most attractive acquisition, analyse industry trends and benchmark their own financial performance.