April 17, 2014 / Week N° 16

Posts Tagged South Africa

Late season volume slump expected for South African apples

April 14th, 2014

Apple importers could feel disruptions this June as South Africa’s hail damage begins to show its impact.

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South Africa’s Avozilla set for return to U.K. shelves

April 4th, 2014

South Africa’s super avocado is expected to return for a second season to Tesco’s shelves in the U.K.

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South Africa welcomes growth on U.S. citrus market

April 3rd, 2014

As South Africa approaches its 15th year selling citrus to the U.S., exporters praised market growth.

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Spanish association calls on EU to close borders to South African citrus

March 27th, 2014

With the South African citrus season near, debate over black spot has roared up once again in the EU.

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South African grapes enjoy partial recovery in late season

March 18th, 2014

South African table grapes have picked up volume in recent weeks, showing recovery from the early season.

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South African avocado exports around the corner

March 13th, 2014

Subtrop’s Derek Donkin takes a look at the competitive issues surrounding the upcoming avocado season.

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Revenue spike for Capespan Group in 2013

March 7th, 2014

South African multinational Capespan Group raised its fruit volumes for the first time in six years in 2013.

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2014 could be biggest campaign yet for South African avocados

March 6th, 2014

Mark Baker looks back on the 2013 South African avocado season and efforts made for market access in the U.S. and Japan.

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South African grape season winds down

March 4th, 2014

Table grape packing is either done or finishing up in the majority of South Africa’s growing regions.

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PMA Fresh Connections to link more nations in 2014

March 3rd, 2014

From Shanghai to Pretoria to Sao Paulo, two PMA execs cover a string of Fresh Connections events in the pipeline.

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Challenging season ahead for South African pome fruit exporters

February 27th, 2014

South African apple growers are dealing with the effects of hail and a European crop overhang.

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Golden, not yellow: a new category for Opal apples in Europe

February 27th, 2014

With pilot trials now in South Africa and New Zealand, we take a look at the potential for Opal apples in Europe.

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South Africa crosses fingers for corrections in grape market

February 24th, 2014

With Red Seedless varieties on the water, South African grape shippers hope to find an improved European market.

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EU: EFSA releases citrus black spot assessment

February 21st, 2014

A report released in Europe today gives little hope for a change in policy relating to imports of South African citrus.

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South African table grapes on the rebound

February 19th, 2014

Total intakes may be down, but South African grape exporters have bolstered exports well over the last month.

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Fruit imports have grown despite slowdown, says Dürbeck

February 12th, 2014

The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe

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EU tightening could pose “huge danger” for global citrus industry

February 11th, 2014

After a record citrus export crop, South Africa is taking all measures possible to meet European regulations around CBS disease.

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Dole plans new South African grape farm acquisition

February 4th, 2014

A Dole Europe subsidiary has entered an agreement to buy an early season grape farm in the Orange River region.

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South African stonefruit prices spike under European demand

January 23rd, 2014

With global supply down, South Africa is under pressure to fill greater stonefruit demand.

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South African grape exports down in early 2014

January 21st, 2014

South Africa’s table grape exports were 53% lower year-on-year in the first fortnight of 2014.

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Seedless table grapes lead the way in South Africa

January 14th, 2014

Leon de Kock says a transforming South African grape offering will move more strongly into retail.

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South African grape exports dip in 2013 calendar year

January 9th, 2014

Frosts took a toll on South Africa’s overall table grape exports for 2013.

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South Africa: rare summer rains put damper on grape harvest

January 8th, 2014

Rains in the Western Cape have put grape and pear harvesting on hold until Monday.

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Reefer shipments mark change for South African grapes in Europe

December 18th, 2013

The first shipment of South African grapes has arrived in time to hit Dutch supermarkets for Christmas sales.

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EU announces ban on South African citrus

November 29th, 2013

After a season of intense debate, the EU has implemented a ban on one of its leading sources of citrus fruit.

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Sun World names grape marketers in Australia, South Africa

November 28th, 2013

Freshworld and Fresh Produce Group are the latest grape licensees of Sun World.

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Europe: year’s end brings high volume and low prices for grapes

November 28th, 2013

Brazil has European grape markets full at the moment. Chile, however, should find a more open market in 2014.

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South Africa: apples and pears bear brunt of flood damage

November 27th, 2013

Initial flood damage estimates indicate lower apple and pear exports from South Africa’s Western Cape.

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Australian industry backs South African citrus in Europe

November 26th, 2013

The Australian citrus industry has urged the EFSA not to block South African fruit over citrus black spot concerns.

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South Africa: lemon exports stable despite restrictions in Europe

November 23rd, 2013

South Africa reported significant differences in its global lemon distribution due to limitations in Europe.

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WWF South Africa assesses fruit industry impact

November 22nd, 2013

The Sustainable Fruit Initiative looks to minimize the environmental impact of South African producers.

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No flood damages expected for South African table grapes

November 20th, 2013

Despite flooding in the Western Cape, table grape producers have not reported major damages.

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South Africa: damage reports trickle in from Western Cape floods

November 19th, 2013

Flash flooding struck the Western Cape over the weekend. Agricultural damage assessments are still underway.

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Dried pineapples offer new niche for South African exporter

November 18th, 2013

South Africa’s Novapine has transformed its fresh pineapple business through dried fruit exports.

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South Africa: renewed action marks one-year anniversary of farm strikes

November 11th, 2013

A reported 4,000 farm workers went on strike last week, affecting a major Western Cape fruit producer.

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South African farm workers shout to be heard

November 8th, 2013

A year on from South Africa’s vineyard strikes, farm workers say they’ve had enough of politics.

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South African table grape forecast on track with last season

November 4th, 2013

Despite frosts in the Orange River Region, South Africa is expected to maintain table grape volume.

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North American produce consignment model evolving

October 28th, 2013

Oppy’s James Milne says the U.S. is moving to a more fixed ‘European’ produce sourcing model as growers seek to cut risks.

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South African table grape industry highlights labor compliance

October 28th, 2013

As a new season nears, the South African table grape industry emphasized respect for labor laws.

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As South African season nears, grape markets remain full

October 25th, 2013

South African grapes could meet greater competition this year from Brazil and Europe.

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South African stonefruit enters concerned European market

October 24th, 2013

A low supply forecast out of South America has meant high interest in South African stonefruit.

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South African frosts mean job and volume loss for grape sector

October 16th, 2013

September frosts could mean 15,000 jobs lost in South Africa’s Orange River grape industry.

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Spanish citrus industry makes fresh calls to ban South African citrus

October 10th, 2013

Spain’s AVA-ASAJA shared biting words, calling for an immediate ban on South African citrus.

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Asda named U.K.’s top South African stonefruit retailer

October 8th, 2013

Asda has been recognized for more than 40% sales growth for South African peaches, nectarines and plums.

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Group of experts refutes EU position on black spot

October 7th, 2013

An international working group has questioned the E.U. stance on citrus black spot.

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Avocado prices dip on saturated European market

October 4th, 2013

South African avocado growers reported low prices as Peru remains on the European market.

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Mixed conditions for South African grape development

September 26th, 2013

South Africa’s biggest grape regions have been affected by a mix of frosts and cold weather.

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South Africa imposes restrictions on citrus shipments to EU

September 25th, 2013

Under pressure from black spot, South Africa could miss out on two million boxes of citrus sales meant for the EU.

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South African citrus exporters see continued U.S. Midwest expansion

September 23rd, 2013

The WCCPF expects a strong finish for South African citrus in the U.S. this year.

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South Africa: Hortgro calls for compliance in ag industry

September 17th, 2013

South Africa’s Hortgro encouraged support of the SIZA audit system to avoid worker abuse.

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South African citrus growers aim to improve China protocol

September 16th, 2013

South African fruit industry representatives were made to feel very welcome during a recent visit with Chinese quarantine officials.

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Spanish lemons to squeeze higher in 2013-14

September 12th, 2013

Spain’s lemon industry expects a good season despite intensified competition from Turkey.

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South Africa: Cosatu hints at another farm worker strike

September 11th, 2013

South Africa’s Cosatu is not pleased with February’s farm worker minimum wage and may push for another strike.

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Malaysia: new facility to boost fruit import trade, claims Chop Tong Guan

September 10th, 2013

A recent Asia Fruit Award winner discusses the key fruits that are making ground in the Malaysian market.

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South Africa: shack walls provide source of fresh produce

September 9th, 2013

Designer Stephen Lamb asks how fresh produce can be provided to South Africa’s poorest populations.

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International partnership to build new Malaysian coolstore facility

September 6th, 2013

New Zealand’s Seeka is teaming up with international and local players in Malaysia to improve cold chain infrastructure.

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South Africa: Capespan offers financing for fruit producers

September 5th, 2013

South Africa’s Capespan is now offering a financial alternative for fruit producers and exporters.

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Spanish association calls for action against South African citrus

August 30th, 2013

Spain’s Young Farmer’s Association wants immediate action taken for South Africa’s fifth black spot detection.

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Agent system connects supply chain across South Africa

August 29th, 2013

Maine Daniels of RSA Agents takes us through the Cape Town Market trading floor.

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South African citrus waits in limbo on EU market

August 28th, 2013

With five black spot interceptions, South African citrus exporters are wondering whether they’ll be blocked from the EU.

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Niche melon variety gets test run in South Africa

August 22nd, 2013

The Piel de Sapo melon is venturing out of its traditional growing territory into Southern Africa.

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Southern Africa’s fruit hub focuses in on client care

August 21st, 2013

The Joburg Market is already Africa’s biggest fresh produce platform. Now it wants to be one of the safest.

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Human capital must lead South African ag, says Karaan

August 19th, 2013

University of Stellenbosch’s Mohammed Karaan says South African agriculture needs to be advanced and humane.

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U.S.: strong Navel orange market has softened

August 16th, 2013

A good inventory position and a dearth of easy peelers should bode well for a stable U.S. orange market.

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EU: more black spot interceptions for Argentina than South Africa

August 16th, 2013

More EU interceptions of the controversial citrus black spot disease had been recorded for Argentina than South Africa.

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South Africa: as pocketbooks grow, retail follows

August 16th, 2013

Bryan Silbermann and Jan DeLyser reflect on Africa’s outstanding retail potential and expectations for growth.

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South Africa: produce packaging leads the way

August 15th, 2013

Lisa Cork and Jacques Coetzee discussed the importance of packaging at PMA Fresh Connections: Southern Africa.

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Chinese apple market “very interesting” this year, says importer

August 13th, 2013

Lantao’s John Wang gives his verdict on the varying quality and prospects in China for imported apples, grapes, citrus and cherries.

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Port congestion delays citrus out of South Africa

August 9th, 2013

Scheduling issues in South Africa’s port in Durban are causing headaches for citrus exporters.

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U.S. easy peeler supply gap likely, says Greenberg

August 5th, 2013

Capespan North America CEO Mark Greenberg discusses the current import dynamics of easy peelers and Navels.

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South Africa: Cape Town’s “vegetable basket” under urban pressure

August 5th, 2013

Farming proponents have contested a proposed residential development on horticultural land near Cape Town.

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South African citrus industry looks to India, China

July 30th, 2013

South African citrus exporters are looking to new markets as the future of trade with Europe remains in doubt.

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South Africa on track to fulfill avocado expectations

July 24th, 2013

South Africa’s Derek Donkin describes a strong avocado campaign, fit to compete with Peru.

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South Africa expresses citrus concerns in EU trade talks

July 18th, 2013

South Africa will look to address ctirus and a growing trade imbalance in talks with the European Union.

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Australia investigates possible fruit dumping from South Africa, Italy

July 12th, 2013

South African and Italian produce will be the first under investigation by Australia’s new Anti-Dumping Commission.

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Favorable exchange rate could raise South African citrus exports

June 20th, 2013

A USDA report has highlighted an expected increase for South African citrus exports, provided the European Union doesn’t close its doors.

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South Africa: an emerging market for fair trade agriculture

June 14th, 2013

Fairtrade Label South Africa’s Arianna Baldo explains the potential of emerging markets as fair trade consumers.

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Integrated innovation for South African apple operation

June 11th, 2013

We take an in-depth look at a farm in South Africa’s apple-growing heartland of the Elgin Valley.

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E.U. considers South African citrus import halt, says ambassador

June 11th, 2013

South Africa’s Ambassador to Belgium has publicly raised the issue of European Union protectionism towards his country’s citrus exports.

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Argentina and South Africa deepen ag ties

June 7th, 2013

South Africa and Argentina hope to exchange agricultural and technological knowledge through a new agreement.

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U.K. packaging extends mushroom shelf life

May 31st, 2013

A new packaging film may aid British supermarkets in goals to reduce food waste by 1.1 million tons.

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Organic pomegranates gain ground in South Africa

May 29th, 2013

South Africans are getting a lesson in how to grow and eat organic pomegranates.

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Botswana ban on produce imports sparks regional doubt

May 27th, 2013

Botswana’s efforts to control the Asian fruit fly may cause big food shortages.

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South Africa: older people most at risk of farm attacks

May 24th, 2013

A new book chronicles thousands of farm attack victims in South Africa.

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South African apples and pears shine on European market

May 17th, 2013

South Africa could reach record pear exports, in part due to demand from an undersupplied Europe.

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Organic grapefruit make for hard sale in Europe

May 17th, 2013

Organic South African grapefruit has yet to find a firm place on European shelves.

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South Africa: citrus build-up brings Port of Durban delays

May 13th, 2013

Stock build-up and “system failure” led to delays for South African citrus exports.

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South African citrus feels uncertainty from China, E.U.

May 6th, 2013

The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa highlighted concerns over the Chinese and European markets.

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South Africa: trading platform brings fruit sellers online

April 30th, 2013

South Africa’s Farm Gate Exchange connects buyers and sellers through an online platform.

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Markets remain uncertain for South African citrus exports

April 24th, 2013

Doubt from the European Union and China has created new questions for South African citrus.

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SH apple shipments down, pear exports stagnant

April 19th, 2013

New Zealand’s apple exports were up in the early season, but volumes were down for Chile, Argentina and South Africa.

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South Africa: payment talks key to unlocking raisin potential

April 10th, 2013

South African weather has been ideal for raisin production, but will packers be able to buy the fruit?

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Grape packing nears an end in South Africa

March 21st, 2013

To date, South Africa table grape exports are slightly down but compare well to previous years.

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South Africa: strong growth for Williams and Cripps Pink in 2013

March 13th, 2013

Jacques du Preez discusses South Africa’s pome fruit season and facing industry challenges.

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Spanish grower group calls to control South African citrus imports

March 11th, 2013

Black spot concerns have led Spanish citrus growers to urge for blocking South African imports or exhaustive controls.

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Opinion: price hikes put brakes on South African road freight

March 7th, 2013

Gavin Kelly reflects on increased cost burdens for South African road freight, one of the nation’s most taxed industries.

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Shipping rates deal blow to Southern Hemisphere fruit exporters

February 28th, 2013

Southern Hemisphere fruit exporters urged shipping lines to reconsider steep rate increases that could damage competitiveness.

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South Africa prepares for major avocado competition from Peru

February 28th, 2013

South Africa anticipates lower avocado production this season and increased volume pressure from Peru.

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South African grape exports play catch-up

February 26th, 2013

South Africa’s grape intakes are now slightly up year-on-year in recovery from strike setbacks.

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South Africa: new farm strikes threatened pending wage deadline

February 25th, 2013

South Africa may have more strikes in the works if farmers do not honor the new minimum wage.

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