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Barley news USA & Canada: Barley crops affected by heat and drought, both countries expecting lower production this season ...Click here
Brewery news USA: Constellation Brand’s latest craft beer acquisition should worry investors ...Click here
Brewery news USA, AK: QUAKE! Brewing Company only a few days away from opening in Wasilla ...Click here
Brewery news USA, NC: Fourth Creek Brewing Co. set to open in Statesville later this year ...Click here
Brewery news USA, CA: Solid Ground Brewing announces grand opening in Diamond Springs ...Click here
Brewery news USA, MT: SunRift Beer Co. signs new long-term lease in Kalispell ...Click here
Brewery news USA, MI: Wax Wings Brewing Company gets its licence approved ...Click here
Brewery news USA, WA: Western Red Brewing opens in Poulsbo ...Click here
Brewery news USA, OR: San Diego’s Modern Times to occupy The Commons’ brewery in Southeast Portland ...Click here
Brewery news USA, WI: House of Brews owner decides to sell the business ...Click here
Brewery news USA, NJ: Hoboken Brewing Company’s beers finally hit shelves ...Click here
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Brewery news Vietnam: Prime Minister approves plan to sell majority stake in Sabeco ...Click here
Brewery news Nigeria: Guinness Nigeria’s turnover increases 23% in FY 2017 ...Click here
Hops news Germany: Hop crop saved by late summer rains ...Click here
Brewery news Romania: Alcohol consumption up 5% in 2016 ...Click here
Brewery news India: United Breweries planning zero-alcohol beer launch ...Click here
Brewery news South Africa: South African Breweries to create as many as 10 thousand jobs through various programs ...Click here
Brewery news Thailand: New excise tax structure could lead to increase in beer prices ...Click here
Brewery news Kenya: Court reinstates orders stopping Heineken from terminating contracts with local distributors ...Click here
Brewery news UK: Craft beer names registrations more than double in 2016 versus 2007 ...Click here
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The latest issue of the Barth Innovation Newsletter is dedicated to a very specific compound that receives a lot of attention both scientifically, and by brewers: 4MMP (4-mercapto-4- methyl-2-pentanone). Depending on concentration and matrix, 4MMP can exhibit different flavours but is typically described as ribes, black currant, box tree, muscat grape, fuel and catty (cat urine). Black currant was the flavour described by Steinhaus when it was found as one of the most odor active volatiles in Cascade hops in 2006. In this work and the work of Kishimoto it became clear that this compound is present in much higher concentrations in U.S. bred varieties than European varieties. 4MMP is probably a factor in the complicated start of Cascade. Originally desired by big U.S. breweries as an aroma hop to replace European varieties, its "strange" flavour was not at first well appreciated – but that view has certainly changed!

Threshold values published for 4MMP are between 0.0015 and 1.5 ppb. Noticeable concentrations are reported by Steinhaus with 0.0017 ppb and reported transfer rates from hops into beer are reported with about 60% in a late-hopped beer. Gros et al reported on 4MMP in 2012, but using the different name of 4-sulfanyl-4-methylpentan-2-one (4S4MP). Beers latehopped with Tomahawk and Nelson Sauvin (from New Zealand) had concentrations of 0.023 ppb 0.127ppb respectively, much higher than in previous brewing trials. Also mentioned was 4MMP's presence as S-cystein conjugates in hops. The same team showed that 0.2 ppb of 4 MMP can be reached by bottle refermentation.

It is also clear that some fruity thiols such as 3MH and 3MHA (described as rhubarb and grapefruit) are also present in malt, often in conjugated forms. Though the concentration of free 4MMP and its precursors is higher in U.S. hop varieties like Citra, Cascade, Chinook, as well as some New Zealand and Australian varieties, the precursor form of 4MMP was also found to be present in Saaz, Strisselspalt and Mandarina Bavaria!

It has been shown that 4MMP degrades during beer storage. These fruity thiols are know to vanish rather quickly and it will be important to understand the exact mechanism behind this degradation behaviour. Another compound delivering a grapefruit like flavour is 3-mercapto-4-methylpentan-1-ol (3M4MP). Here the amount of the precursors are also much higher than the free form. So to get more of these fruity thiols, brewers might utilize yeasts that have the right enzymes to release these compounds, keeping in mind that the compounds' flavours may change (from pleasant fruity to unpleasant catty/fuel/burnt rubber) at certain concentrations... beer drinkers have very individual perceptions!

Though the term "catty" is used by many U.S. brewers and beer drinkers in a positive way... it is unappealing for Europeans, who are hesitant to use it and prefer an alternative such as black currant. The Barth experts admit that catty is a well established descriptor for many, but in establishing a universal language of hops, perhaps we should look for term that is equally understood and can be interpreted positively by everyone.


1. Kishimoto, T., Wanikawa, A., Kono, K., and Shibata, K. Comparison of the odor-active compounds in unhopped beer and beers hopped with different hop varieties. J. Agric. Food Chem. 54:8855-8861, 2006.

2. Kishimoto, T., Wanikawa, A., Kono, K., and Aoki, K. Odorants comprising hop aroma of beer: Hop-derived odorants increased in the beer hopped with aged hops. Proc. Congr. Eur. Brew. Conv. 31:226- 235, 2007.

3. Gros, J., Nizet, S., and Collin, S. Occurrence of odorant polyfunctional thiols in the Super Alpha Tomahawk hop cultivar. Comparison with the thiol-rich Nelson Sauvin bitter variety. J. Agric. Food Chem. 59:8853-8865, 2011.

4. Steinhaus, M. and Schieberle, P.: Transfer of the potent hop odorantslinalool, geraniol and 4-methyl-4-sulfanyl-2-pentanone from hops into beer. Proc. 31st EBC Congr., (2007), pp. 1004-1011

5. Dagan, L.: oral presentation at the World Brewing Congress in Denver, 2016

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These Days in Business History

04 September
1781 - Los Angeles founded by 44 in Bahia de las Fumas, (Valley of Smokes)
1813 - 1st U.S. religious newspaper Religious Remembrancer
1870 - 3rd French republic proclaimed as they overthrow their king
2001 - Tokyo DisneySea opens to the public

05 September
1888 - George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera and registers "Kodak"
1957 - Ford Motor Co introduces Edsel
1958 - 1st color video recording on magnetic tape presented, Charlotte NC
1997 - Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) dies of cardiac arrest at 87; Nobel (1979)

06 September
1620 - The Pilgrims sail from Plymouth, England, on the Mayflower to settle in North America
1819 - Thomas Blanchard patents lathe
1853 - Women's Right's Convention met (New York City)


September 2017:
03-06: 18th Australian Barley Technical Symposium (Hobart, Tasmania)
07-09: Irish Craft Beer Festival 2017 (Dublin, Ireland)
11: International MicroBrew Symposium 2017 (Munich, Germany)
11-15: drinktec 2017 (Munich, Germany)
16-03 October: Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)
23-24: Whisky Live Paris 2017 (Paris, France)
28-30: Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2017 (Stockholm, Sweden)

October 2017:
05-07: Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2017 (Stockholm, Sweden)
16-17: 104 VLB October Convention 2017 (Berlin, Germany)
23-25: 8th Ibero-American VLB Symposium 2017 in Guatemala (Guatemala City)
26-28: drink technology India 2017 (New Delhi, India)

November 2017:
22-23: Craft Beer Italy 2017 (Milan, Italy)

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Barley newsUSA & Canada: Barley crops affected by heat and drought, both countries expecting lower production this season
For a long time in June/July and till early August heat and drought affected crops along the border of Canada and the U.S., its ...More info on site

Brewery news USA: Constellation Brand’s latest craft beer acquisition should worry investors
Constellation Brands just made its second craft beer acquisition, but probably won't begin buying up breweries to the same degree as Anheuser-Busch InBev, Madison.com reported on September 3.

Although the price paid also likely wasn't anywhere near the $1 billion it dropped on Ballast Point Brewing two years ago, it indicates the pace of craft brewery acquisitions might not abate anytime soon, and investors may not like the trend it portends.

The spirits, beer, and wine distributor purchased Florida-based craft brewer Funky Buddha Brewery for an undisclosed sum in early August, but noted it was both the largest microbrewery in south Florida by sales and volume as well as the fastest-growing craft beer in the state. At 54,000 square feet with a capacity of 45,000 barrels, Constellation says Funky Buddha is also Florida's busiest tap room by beer sales.

That ties in well with Constellation's acquisition of Ballast Point, which although much larger than Funky Buddha - producing at the time of the purchase some 4 million cases a year, or about 290,000 barrels - it was one of the fastest-growing craft brewers and it blended well into the ongoing trend of beer premiumization.

In fact, premiumization is occurring across almost all alcoholic ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, AK: QUAKE! Brewing Company only a few days away from opening in Wasilla
Back in 2014, Danyelle Kimp brewed his first batch of beer at home, today, he's only a few days away from opening Alaska's newest brewery in Wasilla, KTUU.com reported on September 3.

"The first few batches, absolutely terrible, undrinkable," said Kimp, Founder, QUAKE! Brewing Company. "But I kept at it, which is the story of my life. Eventually they started tasting pretty dadgum good."

Kimp reluctantly came to Alaska in 2013, serving in the 501st Airborne Infantry Regiment. He says it didn't take long for him and his family to fall in love with Alaska, later retiring at Fort Richardson, and making Alaska their home. Throughout his nearly 18 year career in the Army, Kimp served as an adjutant general and played trumpet in the band.

"I've been a musician, producer and composer for many years, but it was economically difficult to get into music," Kimp said. "I found that I could still be creative making beer, and it sort of translated from my music."

Currently QUAKE! plans to offer several rotating craft beers only available at the brewery, with four flagship beers, including Good Friday IPA, Magnitude Stout, Fracture Sweet Potato Ale and Avalanche Pale Ale, which will be sold statewide.

To start, Kimp ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, NC: Fourth Creek Brewing Co. set to open in Statesville later this year
The microbrewery trend is finally poised to take flight in Statesville, NC, Statesville Record & Landmark reported on September 3.

Fourth Creek Brewing Co. - set to open late this year - will be the first brewery to open in the city since the 1930s.

Owner Jonathan Nobinger said opening the 2,600-square-foot establishment at 226 W. Broad St. has been a two-year process, and there’s still permitting and renovations to be done before the first beer is served.

“You think, ‘Oh, I can brew. I’ll just open a brewery,’” the 35-year-old IT specialist and Atlanta native said. “But it doesn’t work like that. It takes a long time and you have to figure out what path you’ll take. We could do distribution and try and get our beer on every shelf from here to the sea, but that’s not we’re about. We’re going to be all about Statesville. We want to be something that matters in the community.”

Along with the pale ales, IPAs, stouts and ambers Nobinger plans to offer, there will be a guest tap each week.

The venue, which formerly housed Friendly Q Billiards, also has a private parking lot, which Nobinger said played a big role in determining the brewery’s location. ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, CA: Solid Ground Brewing announces grand opening in Diamond Springs
Solid Ground Brewing is proud to announce the grand opening of its brewery in Diamond Springs, CA. Founded by Scott Johnson and KC Sare, the location features a 30 barrel brewhouse, taproom, large production area for additional seating and private parties, an outdoor patio, and a small kitchen with a limited and rotating menu, Brewbound reported on August 31.

Both Johnson and Sare are foothill natives who wish to use their backgrounds and passion to craft quality lagers, ales, innovative beers, and wine for the enjoyment of our community, friends, family, and beyond.

Johnson holds a 4-year degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis and is an award-winning winemaker for local wineries, including Perry Creek Winery, Gold Mountain Winery, and Element 79 Vineyards. However, Johnson is not just a winemaker. He also studied under well-regarded brewing professor and brewing scientist, Charlie Bamforth.

Sare holds a 4-year degree in Brewing and Distilling Science from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland and has brewed for esteemed breweries including Anheuser-Busch, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, and most recently Deschutes Brewery. Sare is an award-winning brewer who has been integrally involved in recipe development for award-winning breweries in California’s Sierra Foothills.

At Solid Ground, Johnson ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, MT: SunRift Beer Co. signs new long-term lease in Kalispell
SunRift Beer Co. has signed a new long-term lease in the former Alano Club building north of the Kalispell Center Mall along the railroad tracks, according to Eric Peterson, property and leasing manager of Goodale & Barbieri Co. and WSPGB Land II, the Daily Inter Lake reported on September 3.

The area where the brewery is located will be part of the redevelopment of Kalispell over the next few years when the historic downtown railroad tracks are removed.

“We are extremely excited to have this opportunity. The historic beauty and setting of this development area is second to none, and we are honored to be a part of celebrating downtown Kalispell and participating in the core area of the Flathead Valley community,” said Craig Koontz, team brewer and proprietor of the forthcoming brewery, in a press release.

Koontz previously was a brewmaster for Tamarack Brewing Co. and more recently was head brewer for West Seattle Brewing Co.

SunRift Beer Co. has begun construction and is excited to be a part of the downtown core, Peterson said.

Brewery news USA, MI: Wax Wings Brewing Company gets its licence approved
Wax Wings Brewing Company has the city of Kalamazoo's blessing to open a micro brewery, MLive.com reported on September 6.

On September 5, the City Commission adopted a resolution recommending the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs approve a micro brewer license for Wax Wings Brewing Company, LLC. The license would allow owner Robert Hopkins to produce up to 60,000 barrels of beer a year at 3480 Gull Road.

According to a city staff report, the business is estimated to create five jobs at the end of its first year. There are no plans to serve food at the facility.

Hopkins is also applying for a beer tasting permit, outdoor service permit, dance permit and an entertainment permit.

Due to space constraints, he doesn't have the ability to offer these services - except beer tasting. He hopes to eventually offer live music and allow his patrons to be able to dance on the premise.

There are no current plans to have an outdoor service area as space is limited at this time.

Hopkins told city staff that he hopes to partner with the neighboring restaurant Mi Pueblo as well as local food trucks in order to serve the customers of Wax Wings Brewing Company, LLC.

The ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, WA: Western Red Brewing opens in Poulsbo
A craft beer brewery with a timber theme opened on August 31 in Poulsbo, Kitsap Sun reported on September 1.

Western Red Brewing, at 19168 Jensen Way, had been in planning for a number of years and under construction since last fall.

"It feels fantastic, it’s very exciting," co-owner Marianna Smyth said of the opening. "It’s been several years of building and planning and hard work, and it finally paid off. Now the fun can begin."

Western Red features a 1,500-square-foot, family-friendly tasting room serving up beers made in-house along with a selection of guest taps. Smyth said the opening lineup includes a kolsch, red, IPA and porter.

Cider and bottled sodas also are available, as are snacks from Crimson Cove, Mt. Townsend Creamery and CB's Nuts.

Tasting room hours are noon to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The Smyths, who also own a lumber company, outfitted Western Red with a 15-barrel brewing system, making it one of the county's largest in terms of production capacity. They plan to grow their business gradually and may provide contract brewing services for other craft brewers.

Western Red is the fifth brewery to open in Poulsbo, joining Rainy Daze, ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, OR: San Diego’s Modern Times to occupy The Commons’ brewery in Southeast Portland
The Commons, the brewery behind one of one of Portland's signature beers, Urban Farmhouse Ale, will vacate their Southeast Portland home, making way for popular San Diego brewery Modern Times, according to a press release, OregonLive.com reported on September 5.

Modern Times will lease the space from The Commons owner Mike Wright, who owns the Southeast Belmont Street building. Modern Times plans to eventually add a coffee roaster and cafe, a full food menu and a canning facility in an adjacent space.

From its garagiste-roots, The Commons grew into one of Portland's best-known breweries, opening its high-ceilinged brewery and tasting room in 2015. In July, the Willamette Week reported that The Commons had lost longtime head brewer Sean Burke.

Meanwhile, Modern Times had entered the Pacific Northwest market with a force, releasing collaboration beers with Portland breweries and, starting in February, getting their tallboys and bombers into fridge cases everywhere good beer is sold. Quietly, owner Jacob McKean had been scouting Portland for a location to build a new annex brewery, or Fermentorium, in the company's parlance.

According to Wright, two years of "lagging sales and battling cash flow," forced him to "make some very uncomfortable decisions."

"This boiled down to simple debits and credits," ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, WI: House of Brews owner decides to sell the business
As the craft beer industry continues to expand, one Madison brewer is deciding to bow out, Madison.com reported on August 30.

Page Buchanan, the owner of House of Brews, said a combination of market forces, limited financial capacity and the growth in competition of craft brewing and contract brewing all contributed to his decision to sell the Far East Side brewery.

“The biggest reason for House of Brews not really succeeding is that it was just not a good idea to try to start a brewery by myself. There’s just too much involved,” he said, which left him “under-capitalized.”

The brewery, near Stoughton Road at 4539 Helgesen Drive, started sending beer to area tap lines in 2011. While House of Brews played with the concept of a community-supported brewery, a take on a similar agricultural model, Buchanan began to do contract brewing a year or two after opening.

Now, contract brewing — making beer for other beer companies — accounts for more than 90 percent of his business, he said. Despite brewing for up to six brands at times, the total volume never reached the House of Brews’ capacity of around 2,000 barrels annually.

Buchanan, a 52-year-old former labor representative, said he hopes to sell ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, NJ: Hoboken Brewing Company’s beers finally hit shelves
A new craft beer brewery company has launched in New Jersey, News 12 New Jersey reported on September 5.

Two New Jersey natives are behind the Hoboken Brewing Company, whose beers hit the shelves on August 31.

Andrew Zebrowski and Brendan Drury started brewing beer in their garage and won several home brewing contests. They say that this inspired them to go bigger and start making beer professionally.

“We wanted to actually represent New Jersey,” Drury says. “There isn’t a lot of breweries up in Northern Jersey…We saw that as a great opportunity to represent ourselves."

“[Hoboken’s] amazing. It’s got all young people. People really focus on mom-and-pop shops, artisanal products, things like that,” Zebrowski says. “A brewery is what was lacking.”

The pair partnered with a group called Brew-Hub in Florida to produce the beer and the first batch was delivered last week.

Hoboken Brewing Company offers two styles of beer; The Bodi Blonde Coconut Ale and the City Side New England IPA. Both are available in liquor stores and bars in Hoboken and Jersey City.

Zebrowski and Drury says that they now hope to expand their brand and to open a tap room in Hoboken.

Brewery newsVietnam: Prime Minister approves plan to sell majority stake in Sabeco
Vietnam’s prime minister has approved a plan to sell a majority stake in brewer Sabeco, a government committee said in a document seen by ...More info on site

Brewery newsNigeria: Guinness Nigeria’s turnover increases 23% in FY 2017
Guinness Nigeria Plc grew its top-line by 23 per cent to N125 billion in 2017 as Nigeria’s second largest brewer staged a major recovery ...More info on site

Hops newsGermany: Hop crop saved by late summer rains
Late summer rain has saved Germany’s hop crop, meaning brewers should now have enough of the key beer ingredient, the head of German-U.S. global ...More info on site

Brewery newsRomania: Alcohol consumption up 5% in 2016
A Romanian consumed 30.156 litres of alcoholic beverages on average in 2016, an increase by 5 percent compared with 2015. The biggest quantity is ...More info on site

Brewery news India: United Breweries planning zero-alcohol beer launch
United Breweries will introduce a zero-alcohol beer by early next year, its managing director said, as the country’s largest beer maker seeks to use the full capacity of its brewery in Bihar where liquor is banned, and enter alcohol-prohibited markets, the Economic Times reported on September 4.

“We are working on a project to introduce non-alcoholic malt based beverages. We will manufacture these products at our Bihar site,” Shekhar Ramamurthy said.

“We are currently at an early stage of development and will introduce these products early next year.” He didn’t provide further details.

According to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, United Breweries that accounts for more than half the nation’s beer market is working on a name and evaluating the kind of product it wants to introduce. “No, this is not the same as the Heineken one,” the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The majority stakeholder in UB, Dutch-brewer Heineken recently launched an alcohol-free version of its namesake beer with half the calories of a standard Heineken in 17 markets globally.

For UB, the move will help the Kingfisher-maker push sales growth by re-establishing its presence in key states such as Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, ...More info on site

Brewery news South Africa: South African Breweries to create as many as 10 thousand jobs through various programs
South African Breweries Ltd. on September 4 unveiled plans to create as many as 10,000 jobs in the country through various programs it offers.

The new jobs are in addition to the commitments agreed with the government last year following the merger between AB InBev and SABMiller, SAB said in an emailed statement.

SAB offers two so-called kickstart programs focusing on youth-owned businesses; the SAB Foundation; an enterprise and supplier development fund, and agriculture initiatives to establish barley, hops, corn and malt industries, with a view to enabling the country to become a net exporter of hops and malt by 2021.

Brewery news Thailand: New excise tax structure could lead to increase in beer prices
The Thai Health Promotion Foundation expressed concern on September 2 that the new alcohol excise-tax structure would drive drinkers to consume more cheap white liquor at the expense of their health.

Foundation manager Supreeda Adulyanon said the number of estimated drinkers in the country has remained constant recently. Many people have turned to drinking beer instead of liquor, he said, but the new excise tax structure would cause beer to become more expensive in terms of its level of alcohol in comparison to that of white liquor.

Supreeda worries that drinkers may turn to white liquor, with a resulting increase in health problems.

The Finance Ministry is scheduled to enact a directive enforcing the new tax structure as of September 16. The new tax would be calculated based on retail prices rather than on producer prices as is now done. The new tax would create a level playing field for producers. Some critics have claimed that the current approach works to the benefit of some producers over others.

Those in favour of the new approach argue that market forces should decide retail prices and tax authorities should enforce the law accordingly.

Brewery news Kenya: Court reinstates orders stopping Heineken from terminating contracts with local distributors
A dispute pitting Dutch brewer, Heineken and three Kenyan distributors took another turn on August 31 after the High court reinstated orders stopping the firm from terminating their contracts, The Star reported.

Justice Joseph Onguto, in the ruling, said it will be in the interest of justice to reinstate the orders which lapsed on April 20 2017.

The orders stops Heineken from terminating the distribution agreement entered between it and Maxam Limited in relation to the supply of the firm’s products in the country.

Heineken had asked the court to reject the plea by Maxam to restore the orders, further accusing the distributors of engaging in delaying tactics to frustrate the hearing of the case.

However, Justice Onguto said neither Maxam, Modern Lane (Uganda) and Olepasu limited (Tanzania) the two other distributors, were to blame for the delay in prosecuting the suit filed way back in 2016.

"I have no doubt that the court may reinstate interim orders vacated on its own motion if circumstances so indicate. The order as extended shall subsist until 6 November 2017 when the matter will be heard in inter parties."

Justice Onguto further ordered Heineken through its lawyer Gitau Singh to file and serve their amended joint statements of defence ...More info on site

Brewery news UK: Craft beer names registrations more than double in 2016 versus 2007
The craft beer trend has led to the creation of so many weird and wonderful new brews that the number of registrations in the United Kingdom in 2016 was more than double the number in 2007, City A. M. reported on September 4.

According to figures from law firm RPC, there were 1,983 applications to register a new beer trade mark in 2016, increasing 104 per cent since just under a decade before when there were 968.

RPC said that a major factor in the growth was the uptake of the craft beer boom by supermarkets with the likes of Aldi and Tesco recently expanding their own-brand ranges to include "craft" style brews, as well as stocking a wider variety of existing beers.

The number of independent UK breweries also jumped, leading to a corresponding increase in the number of new beers. Last year 530 new breweries opened, up 33 per cent on the previous year.

“The craft beer sector has been booming - and now there are not only a number of new entrants, but also more established breweries, larger drinks corporations and supermarkets all wanting to establish a share in the market," said Jeremy Drew, a commercial partner at RPC.

But he added ...More info on site

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