Diapers replace cottage cheese in headlines

The cottage cheese wars in Israel may be over, but the diaper war is heating up. Major Israeli supermarket chains have cut the price of Huggies brand diapers imported from Turkey by 30 percent in an effort to lure customers back to their stores.

Meanwhile, a new study is reporting that food in Israel costs more 12 percent more in Israel than in Europe. In the past six years, food costs in European Union states have increased by an average of 1.1 percent, while food costs in Israel grew by more than 12 percent, the Israeli business daily Globes reported.

A poll conducted by the Public Trust consumer organization found that yogurt is 34 percent more expensive in Israel than in the United States, Britain and Australia. Israeli dairy companies argue that raw milk prices are higher in Israel and the Value Added Tax adds greatly to the cost of dairy products. — jta