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British Soft Drinks Market Returns to Growth

  British Soft Drinks Market Returns to Growth

2010 saw a return to growth for the £6 billion take-home soft drinks market in Great Britain following the 0.9% volume decline in 2009. The Great Britain take-home market was up 2.3% in volume and 6.3% in value, according to Britvic, the UK’s second largest soft drinks producer.
Both carbonates and stills experienced similar levels of […]

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Cargill Receives Award For Supporting Cocoa Farmers

  Cargill Receives Award For Supporting Cocoa Farmers

Cargill’s work to improve livelihoods for cocoa farmers and their families in Africa, Asia and South America has earned it the US Chamber Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) 2010 International Community Service award. The award coincides with 21 cooperatives in Cote d’Ivoire, with over 11,000 farmer members, achieving independent sustainable cocoa certification as a result […]

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Irish Business Puts Britvic in the Red

  Irish Business Puts Britvic in the Red

Continued market share gains in Great Britain, a successful innovation programme and further expansion into continental Europe, were behind an 18.1% increase in operating profit (EBIT) before exceptional and other items to £129.6m at Britvic for the 53 weeks ended October 3rd, 2010. The rise was due in part to the Eur237m acquisition of Britvic […]

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Premier Foods Moves Closer to Meat-free Disposal

  Premier Foods Moves Closer to Meat-free Disposal

Premier Foods has confirmed that it has received bids for its meat-free business, incorporating the Quorn brand, from a number of parties, including multinational food groups and private equity firms. Discussions are proceeding and are at an advanced stage with two potential buyers.
Nestle is reported to be one of the food group’s interested in Premier […]

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Emmi Expands Goat’s Milk Products Business

  Emmi Expands Goat’s Milk Products Business

Swiss dairy company Emmi is acquiring the Le Petit Chevrier brand from Fromagerie Bettex for an undisclosed sum to expand its expertise in the fast-growing goat’s milk products market. Production will subsequently be transferred in stages and the goat’s cheese specialities will be manufactured at Emmi’s production site in Kaltbach in the canton of Lucerne […]

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Food Sales Lift Marston’s

  Food Sales Lift Marston’s

Helped by growth in its sales of food and premium ales, Marston’s has increased underlying pre-tax profit by 4.6% to £73.5m on revenue up 0.9% to £650.7m for the year ended October 2nd last. The British brewer and pub operator also managed to reduce debt by £17.1m to £1.08b during the year.
Operating profit fell in […]

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European Business News – Week ending December 3, 2010

The biggest news story of the week was undoubtedly PepsiCo’s surprise $3.8 billion acquisition of a 66% stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods, Russia’s leading branded food and beverages company with leading positions in dairy products, baby food and juice. In addition to making PepsiCo the largest food and beverages business in Russia with a strong presence […]

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PepsiCo to Acquire 66% of Wimm-Bill-Dann For $3.8 Billion

  PepsiCo to Acquire 66% of Wimm-Bill-Dann For $3.8 Billion

PepsiCo is acquiring a 66% stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods, Russia’s leading branded food and beverages company, for $3.8b, pending the required government approvals. Wimm-Bill-Dann is a leader in both traditional and value-added dairy products, with a solid position in juice.
The transaction will establish PepsiCo as the largest food-and-beverage business in Russia, make it a leader […]

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Polestar Foods Sold to Privet Capital

  Polestar Foods Sold to Privet Capital

UK frozen desserts manufacturer Polestar Foods has been sold to Privet Capital, the turnaround investor, for an undisclosed sum. Privet’s investment in Polestar has prevented the immediate collapse of the company and has secured 255 jobs. It has also been working closely with Polestar’s management and has identified strategies to assure Polestar’s long term future.
Polestar […]

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EIB Loan to Improve Moldovan Wine Industry

  EIB Loan to Improve Moldovan Wine Industry

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a loan of Eur75m to finance the improvement in the quality (not the capacity) of the Moldovan wine industry. The loan will address the structural weaknesses of the Moldovan wine industry, from vineyard to final packaging and dispatch of wine.
The loan will finance projects of small and medium […]

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Board Appointment at Coca-Cola Enterprises

  Board Appointment at Coca-Cola Enterprises

Coca-Cola Enterprises, the world’s third-largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, has appointed Garry Watts as a director with immediate effect. He will serve on the finance and audit committees of CCE’s board of directors.
He currently serves on the board of directors at Stagecoach Group, where he is senior independent director and chairman of the audit committee, and […]

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ALS guide system: Unlimited format changeovers for air conveying

  ALS guide system: Unlimited format changeovers for air conveying

Sidel is introducing the ALS guide for air conveyors: an automatic
adjustment system for side guides, ensuring greater flexibility
during format changeovers.
Diversified production means a large number of format changeovers, which have to be quick and reliable.
During Pack Expo in Chicago (October 31 to November 3), Sidel is presenting its new ALS guide: a
simple, flexible system with […]

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Danone and Unimilk Finalise Merger

  Danone and Unimilk Finalise Merger

Danone and Unimilk have completed the merger of their fresh dairy products businesses in Russia and other CIS member countries. The new entity, controlled by Danone with a 58% equity interest and in which former shareholders of Unimilk own 42%, is the new leader for dairy products in the CIS area. Russia is now Danone’s […]

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Record Results at Danish Crown

  Record Results at Danish Crown

Reduced costs and improved results at its foreign subsidiaries were behind an increase in full year net profit from DKr1.16b to DKr1.65b (Eur220m) at international meat group Danish Crown. Revenue advanced from DKr44.76b to DKr45.21b at the group, which is Europe´s second largest pig slaughtering business.
Since May 2009, Danish Crown has been implementing an efficiency […]

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UK Online Grocery Retailing Set to Double by 2015

The value of grocery shopping conducted over the internet in the UK is predicted to nearly double to £9.5b in five years, compared to its current level of £4.8b, according to new research published by IGD – the international food and grocery experts. Online shopping will represent 5.2% of the overall UK grocery market by […]

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ILAPAK’S NEW DELTA 2000 LD FLOWRAPPER OFFERS EFFICIENT, HIGH QUALITY PACKAGING SOLUTION FOR POULTRY

  ILAPAK’S NEW DELTA 2000 LD FLOWRAPPER OFFERS EFFICIENT, HIGH QUALITY PACKAGING SOLUTION FOR POULTRY

Ilapak has launched a new, upgraded version of its Delta LD flowrapper, specifically designed to meet the packaging requirements and tough hygienic standards of the poultry industry.  The new flowrapping machine  has been designed specifically for poultry industry applications, in particular chicken pieces and whole birds with or without a tray. Ilapak’s new DeltaLD system […]

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Warburtons Invests £2.5 Million in Gluten-free Bakery

  Warburtons Invests £2.5 Million in Gluten-free Bakery

British bakery group Warburtons is reported to have invested £2.5m in a dedicated gluten-free production plant at its site in Newburn. The new bakery will produce a range of Warburtons gluten-free products including white and brown bread loaves and sub rolls, teacakes and crumpets.
The dedicated facility will initially employ nine people, rising to twenty within […]

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SABMiller Reveals Europe’s Most Popular Beer Drinking Destination

  SABMiller Reveals Europe’s Most Popular Beer Drinking Destination

Prague, Amsterdam and Berlin have been named the top European destinations for a beer, according to a new report into European beer drinking culture by SABMiller, one of the world’s largest brewers.
The report, ‘Whose Round?’ which was researched across 12 European countries, found that 20% of all respondents named Prague as their top city for […]

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Valeo Completes Consolidation in Irish Consumer Foods Market

  Valeo Completes Consolidation in Irish Consumer Foods Market

Valeo Foods Group has completed the simultaneous acquisitions of the branded food businesses of Origin Enterprises for an enterprise value of Eur78m and the Irish food company Batchelors for an undisclosed price from private equity firm CapVest. Irish agri-nutrition group Origin Enterprises holds a 45% stake in Valeo Foods with CapVest owning the balance.
The newly […]

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UK Retail Milk Price War Ends

  UK Retail Milk Price War Ends

Tesco’s decision to increase the price of its standard milk – a move followed by other supermarket groups Morrisons, Waitrose and Sainsbury – has effectively ended the milk price war in the UK grocery trade. The price war, precipitated by Asda in July, has already undermined profitability at British liquid milk specialist Robert Wiseman Dairies, […]

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Tate & Lyle Sells Molasses Business

  Tate & Lyle Sells Molasses Business

Tate & Lyle is selling its Molasses business to W&R Barnett for £67m in cash. Molasses comprises the global molasses trading desk based in London, UK and other worldwide marketing operations together with the UK third party storage operations. These businesses had external sales of £228m and made an operating profit of £13m in the […]

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Cornish Blue is World Champion Cheese 2010

  Cornish Blue is World Champion Cheese 2010

Cornish Blue, from the Cornish Cheese Company, has been crowned the World Champion Cheese 2010 – the first time a British cheese has won the award for more than a decade. The 2010 World Cheese Awards took place at the UK’s largest consumer food exhibition, the BBC Good Food Show, which was held at the […]

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$5.3 Billion Private Equity Takeover Deal

The biggest private equity food deal this year has been agreed with a consortium led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Vestar Capital Partners and Centerview Partners acquiring Del Monte Foods Company, one of North America’s largest producers of branded food products and pet products. The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by Del Monte’s board of […]

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Death of Bernard Matthews

  Death of Bernard Matthews

Bernard Matthews, the founder of Bernard Matthews Farms, the largest turkey processor in the UK, has died at the age of 80. From simple beginnings, with an initial investment of just £2.50 sixty years ago, Bernard Matthews was responsible for taking the business from twenty turkey eggs and a second-hand paraffin incubator to a successful […]

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Expanded Horizons for Vitiva’s Rosemary Portfolio

  Expanded Horizons for Vitiva’s Rosemary Portfolio

Vitiva, Slovenia, is proud  to announce that the rosemary extracts sold under VivOX®, INOLENS® and SyneROX® brands, are in compliance with the new legislation under EU directives 2010/ 67/ EU and 2010/ 69/ EU , which define purity criteria and application range for rosemary extracts as antioxidants.
”Adding rosemary extract to approved food additives in the […]

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European Business News – Week ending November 26, 2010

Food business entrepreneur Bernard Matthews passed away, aged 80, on November 25th. From humble beginnings sixty years ago, he developed his family business, Bernard Matthews Farms, into a successful £330m turnover vertically integrated turkey production company. In doing so, he was largely responsible for popularising turkey as an affordable meat for consumers, not only at […]

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Stock Spirits Group strengthens senior management team

  Stock Spirits Group strengthens senior management team

Stock Spirits Group (“Stock Spirits” or “the Group”), Central Europe’s leading branded spirits and liqueurs business, is pleased to announce it has made several appointments to strengthen its senior management team.
Lesley Jackson has been appointed as Group Chief Finance Officer. Lesley has extensive industry experience and now joins Stock after spending the past two and […]

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SABMiller Enters Argentinean Beer Market

  SABMiller Enters Argentinean Beer Market

SABMiller, one of the world’s largest brewers, has acquired Cerveceria Argentina SA Isenbeck (CASA Isenbeck), the third largest brewer in Argentina, from the Warsteiner Group. CASA Isenbeck’s principal brands are Isenbeck and Warsteiner, with total sales volumes in 2009 of approximately 600,000hl.
Its brewery is located in Zarate, near Buenos Aires, and has a total capacity […]

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FrieslandCampina to Restructure Dutch Cheese Production

  FrieslandCampina to Restructure Dutch Cheese Production

Dutch dairy multinational Koninklijke FrieslandCampina plans to invest Eur47m to improve efficiency at its cheese plants in Workum, Marum, Balkbrug, Gerkesklooster and Leerdam. However, the cheese plants at Varsseveld and Leerbroek will be closed, and the number of staff at the plants Marum and Gerkesklooster will be reduced.
All sites are located in the Netherlands. These […]

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New British Guidelines to Country of Origin Labelling

  New British Guidelines to Country of Origin Labelling

New guiding principles on country of origin labelling to provide British consumers with clear, accurate information on the origin of their food have been published. The guidance, titled ‘Principles on Country of Origin Information’, has been developed by retailers’ organisation, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), in association with representatives of food manufacturers, commercial caterers and […]

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Atlantic Grupa Completes Droga Kolinska Acquisition

Atlantic Grupa, Croatia’s biggest food and healthcare company, has successfully completed its acquisition of Droga Kolinska, the largest branded food company in Slovenia. The Eur382m deal creates one of the largest branded food companies in the south-east region of Europe.
In addition to its leading position in Croatia, Atlantic Grupa also has a strong presence in […]

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Danone Continues US Dairy Expansion

  Danone Continues US Dairy Expansion

Danone is acquiring YoCream, the leading producer of frozen yoghurt in the United States, for $103m. The deal will enable Danone to move into frozen yoghurt, a fast growing segment in the US. It will also gain access to an away-from-home distribution network, in addition to its existing channels.
The move reflects Danone’s strategy for expansion […]

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World Dairy Market – China and India Increase Imports

  World Dairy Market – China and India Increase Imports

Supply shortages are forcing China and India to raise their imports of dairy products, according to the latest Rabobank Global Dairy Outlook report. “The demand from these two giants will impact dairy processors, dairy farmers and dairy prices for the coming years,” says Tim Hunt of Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research. Rabobank has now changed […]

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Stefan Barden Leaves Northern Foods to Head Brakes UK

  Stefan Barden Leaves Northern Foods to Head Brakes UK

Having lost out on the job to head Essenta Foods, which is being created by the merger of Greencore and Northern Foods, Stefan Barden (pictured) is leaving his post as chief executive of Northern Foods to join food service supplier Brakes Group as UK chief executive.
Stefan Barden has been chief executive of Northern Foods since […]

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Bakery Expansion at Giles Foods

UK-based speciality breads, Danish pastries and tarts producer Giles Foods has expanded its bakery in Milton Keynes. Following investment of £3.5m, Giles Foods has doubled the size of the bakery and installed new plant and equipment, including a technologically advanced three-deck oven, the first of its kind in the UK.
In addition to expanding capacity, the […]

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Weigh Price Labelling No one offers more for less

  Weigh Price Labelling No one offers more for less

Marel launches new AEW Delford WPL9040 Weigh Price Labeller                                  ­– ideal for smaller processors or lower volumes
New to the Marel range and launched at the international Conxemar, Macropak and IPA Shows, the AEW Delford WPL9040 Weigh Price Labeller is the perfect choice for smaller processors or for larger producers requiring lower volumes on a particular […]

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Moy Park Opens £21 Million Poultry Processing Facility

  Moy Park Opens £21 Million Poultry Processing Facility

Moy Park, Northern Ireland’s largest food manufacturer, has officially opened a new turkey processing facility at its site in Ballymena. The £21m world class premises is part of a phased four-year, £37m investment project, supported by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund, which was announced in May 2010 and aims to achieve external […]

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UK Industry Responds as One in Three Shoppers Want Waste Reduction Prioritised

  UK Industry Responds as One in Three Shoppers Want Waste Reduction Prioritised

Nearly a third of UK shoppers want food and grocery retailers and manufacturers to focus on reducing waste. IGD consumer research shows 29% of shoppers think reducing waste should be one of the main sustainability priorities for the industry.
The findings come as 33 leading food and grocery companies have announced they are voluntarily committing to […]

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Diageo Looks to Strengthen Rum Portfolio

  Diageo Looks to Strengthen Rum Portfolio

Diageo, the world’s largest spirits group, is holding talks with Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala with a view to acquiring a 50% stake in super premium rum brand Zacapa Centenario. Diageo has been marketing the Guatemalan rum since 2008 under a three year contract with brand owner Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala.
Sales of Zacapa, which is produced […]

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Major Restructuring at Headland Foods

 
UK frozen foods manufacturer Headland Foods is reported to be considering closing its site at Flint in Wales and consolidating production at its factory at Grimsby with the possible loss of 320 jobs. Headland, which produces move than two million retail own label frozen ready meals a week, is part of Prize Food Group.

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Hi expectations brings Hi rewards in 2010

  Hi expectations brings Hi rewards in 2010

The expectation that taking Health ingredients Europe and Natural ingredients 2010 to Spain would alter the landscape of the show, certainly paid off according to Greg Cherry, UBM portfolio director: “We have never before had such a wide geographic spread, both terms of visitors and exhibitors, making it a truly global show.”
Daniel Read, Head of […]

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American rice and food service in the Public Sector

  American rice and food service in the Public Sector

The USA Rice Federation took a stand alongside one of the largest importers of US Rice into the UK at the exhibition ‘Catering for the Public Sector’, at The Barbican London, in November
This was a conference and exhibition aimed at food service procurement in government, and local government run organisations.
Over 200 delegates from all over […]

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Global Spread and Big Brands Drive Profit at SABMiller

  Global Spread and Big Brands Drive Profit at SABMiller

SABMiller, one of the world’s leading brewers with operations and distribution across six continents, has increased reported EBITA by 13% to $2.47b for the six months to September 30th 2010. The growth was 10% on an organic, constant currency basis, as key operating currencies strengthened against the US dollar compared to the equivalent period in […]

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Three new Kliklok machines for Belgian food producer

  Three new Kliklok machines for Belgian food producer

Kliklok has just installed THREE of their new KII cartoners to Belgian frozen food producer NANUK.  Based in Waragem, this family run company has a number of Kliklok machines in operation.  A huge increase in demand for their high quality savoury and dessert products led to Nanuk placing their order for three brand new machines.
An […]

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Strong First Half Performance By Fuller, Smith & Turner

  Strong First Half Performance By Fuller, Smith & Turner

British regional brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner has increased pre-tax profit by 11% to £16.8m on revenue up 4% to £121.5m for the 26 weeks ended September 25th 2010. The managed pubs and hotels division, which is the largest part of the business, achieved a 3.3% increase in like for like sales and an 8% […]

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Nestle Adopts IFRS From 2011

  Nestle Adopts IFRS From 2011

Nestle will change its sales recognition policy in line with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) from the start of 2011. The change will reduce Nestle’s reported sales by about 15% as expenses such as discounts as well as certain allowances and promotions for retailers will in future be deducted from proceeds of sales, leading to […]

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€1.4 Billion Bid For Yoplait Rejected

Private equity firm PAI Partners and French dairy co-operative Sodiaal have rejected a Eur1.4b bid to buy Yoplait from Lactalis. The international yoghurt producer has been up for sale since earlier this year when PAI Partners decided to dispose of its 50% stake.
If successful, the bid by Lactalis would have kept the Yoplait brand under […]

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IBC Handling Guide for Safety and Efficiency

  IBC Handling Guide for  Safety and Efficiency

Schütz manual provides detailed information about transport containers

Selters. Modern IBCs (intermediate bulk containers) come in such a wide range of variants today that there are practically no limits to their application as a transport and storage medium for liquid (hazardous) goods – nor to the importance of ensuring their efficient and safe […]

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Kerry Demonstrates Chocolate Expertise at ZDS Chocolate Technology International 2010

Kerry Ingredients & Flavours is highlighting its chocolate expertise alongside its increasing focus on the German confectionery market on Stand 8B at ZDS Chocolate Technology 2010, which is being held at Congress-Centrum Nord, Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany between 7-9 December, 2010.
Application and technology samples will feature on the Kerry stand, demonstrating the company’s ability to provide […]

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Cooley Named Best Distillery in Europe for Third Consecutive Year

  Cooley Named Best Distillery in Europe for Third Consecutive Year

Cooley Distillery, Ireland’s only independent distillery, has been named European Distiller of the Year for the third consecutive year at the annual International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). Cooley Distillery founder and chairman, John Teeling believes that Cooley’s achievements throughout the downturn are proof positive that the exporting and marketing of quality Irish produce will […]

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