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What are the top 10 challenger brands in US food retail?
Food Navigator-USA
It's no secret that smaller, emerging brands are winning the battle for consumers' hearts, minds and wallets from larger, established players in the U.S. food and beverage industry, but which "challenger" brands really stand out in the crowd? And what are they doing differently?

Related: What are the top-performing legacy brands in US grocery? (Food Navigator-USA)

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Frozen food market expected to reach $156.4 billion by 2020
ReleaseWire via Digital Journal
According to a new market report published by Persistence Market Research, the global frozen food market was valued at $122.1 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.6 percent from 2014 to 2020, to reach an estimated value of $156.4 billion in 2020.
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Lawmakers introduce 'fast track' trade bill, triggering Democrat discord
The Wall Street Journal
A deal reached by lawmakers Thursday would pave the way for President Barack Obama to conclude a major Pacific trade agreement with rare Republican help, but the measure is triggering a fight within a Democratic Party increasingly opposed to liberalizing trade.

Related: Bipartisan bill would give Obama key powers on trade (The Washington Post)

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POLITICS


Florida poll: Rollout helps Marco Rubio tie Jeb Bush in home state
Politico
Sen. Marco Rubio's splashy presidential campaign announcement and his subsequent media blitz has likely helped him catch up with friend and former mentor Jeb Bush in their home state of Florida, according to a new poll of 400 registered Republican voters.
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McConnell plays hardball
The Hill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has dug in on Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general, highlighting his willingness to play hard ball with the Democratic minority.
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New Hampshire takes the 2016 spotlight
The Hill
The New Hampshire primary is still 297 days away, but the Granite State will seize the 2016 spotlight this weekend. Beginning Friday, nearly the entire field of GOP hopefuls will descend on the first-in-the-nation primary state that figures to play critical role in determining the GOP nomination.
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POLICY


New report finds life-changing partnerships in the global food chain
The Daily Meal
Malnutrition — from undernourishment to obesity — is a global challenge affecting every country on earth and placing more than one-quarter of the world's population at serious health risk. A new report released by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs highlights solutions to this critical threat to global health.
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House panel's child nutrition hearing divides along party lines
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
Kicking off the reauthorization of child nutrition legislation later this year, the House Education and Workforce Committee divided along party lines at a two-hour hearing Wednesday on school lunch and breakfast programs.
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Burger King founder says higher wages could kill off 'Dollar Menu'
Time
Burger King co-founder David Edgerton says fast food workers pushing for higher wages could spell the end of the "dollar menu" and usher in an era of higher-quality, more expensive convenience restaurants. "I see a lot of $10 hamburgers arriving on the scene," he says.
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Worldwatch: Sustainable production faces 'hidden threats'
Food Navigator
More sustainable production is needed to ensure food and nutrition for future generations, but sustainability faces hidden threats, claims the Worldwatch Institute.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Nestle Q1 sales beat estimates on higher prices
Bloomberg
Nestle SA, the world's biggest food maker, followed European peers in reporting first-quarter revenue growth that exceeded estimates as price increases offset weak sales of convenience meals in North America.

Related: Nestle needs to accelerate portfolio adjustments, Brabeck says (Bloomberg)

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Consumer prices on the rise for 2nd straight month
KDAL
U.S. consumer prices rose for a second straight month in March as the cost of gasoline and shelter increased, signs of some inflation that should keep the Federal Reserve on course to start raising interest rates this year.
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Beef industry not sold on E. coli vaccine
KVNO
Thousands of people get sick every year from E. coli bacteria in their food. The beef industry has gone to great lengths to limit illnesses in meat. But the industry has been slow to adopt an E. coli vaccine that could keep people from getting sick.
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Carrier Transicold celebrates 75 years of trucking refrigeration
Trucking News Online
Carrier Transicold, headquartered in Athens, Georgia, is celebrating a pair of anniversaries this year, including its 75th year of road transport refrigeration innovation and the 45th anniversary of the Carrier Transicold business.
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Innovation trends in food and beverage filtration applications
Filtration + Separation
Anthony Bennett provides a review of recent innovations in the application of filtration and separation technology in the food and beverage industry.
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The voice of reason: Hands-free in cold storage
Logistics & Materials Handling
Operating in cold storage environments requires technologies that offer workers the freedom of movement needed to complete their tasks efficiently in challenging situations. Voice picking technology is ideally suited to cold storage settings because it offers a hands-free, eyes-free, rugged design for increased productivity in cold operating environments.
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Sugar reduces stress more than aspartame, say scientists
Food Navigator
Sugar-sweetened drinks may reduce stress levels and therefore be harder to reduce than aspartame say scientists — but campaigners are still calling on industry to reduce both.
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Colorado cities are trying to keep up with the booming cottage food industry
KMGH
Colorado's cottage food industry is booming, with people cooking and selling foods from their homes. But in some cities it's still not technically legal.
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    Nestle nears sale of frozen food unit to Brakes (Reuters)
Execs sentenced to jail for Salmonella outbreak (The AP via The Des Moines Register)
Why food prices are drought-resistant (The Wall Street Journal)

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