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FPC Future 2021

June

10

2021

Lincolnshire Showground

Ticket price: This event is free of charge.


FPC Future is the agri-tech event for the fresh produce and flower industry and houses an exhibition, conference, working displays and tours of the University’s specialist facilities at its Riseholme Campus.

Exhibitors at FPC Future will be organisations who supply the industry with technologies to help businesses keep up to date with this fast-developing sector by showcasing all that is new right now and also what the future promises. Visitors will be able see how new technologies can help them become more efficient, increase productivity and help their workforce.

See the benefits of exhibiting

The conference programme is an extensive one with eight conference sessions. The content will cover pre and post farm robotics and automation, data driven technologies, plastics and packaging, supply chain waste, carbon supply chains, vertical farming and sustainability.

There is also a theatre dedicated to exhibitor presentations where exhibitors can present their latest offerings to a captive audience. This, coupled with the facility for working displays gives exhibiting companies a unique opportunity to ensure their products and services are seen.

The tours of the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Campus will provide a fantastic opportunity for visitors to see first-hand the technological developments that this institution is carrying out. Visitors will have the chance to view robotic harvesting of strawberries, a state of the art refrigeration unit, along with other facilities supporting projects in artificial intelligence, robotics and engineering.

FPC Future is co-located with FPC Careers, the careers event for fresh produce and horticulture where undergraduates and postgraduates will be able to meet those companies with vacancies to fill and looking for fresh talented young people.

We will be releasing more details in the next few weeks but if you would like to know more about sponsoring, exhibiting or visiting please contact:

View the Conference Programme

  • For information on sponsoring or exhibiting please contact linda@freshproduce.org.uk
  • For information on visiting please contact cristina@freshproduce.org.uk

Session 1 Morning - Robotics and automation pre-farm gate

09:30

Chair's welcome

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

TBC

09:32

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

Simon Pearson

University of Lincoln

09:45

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

TBC

10:00

Robotics in glasshouses and polytunnels

Erik Pekkeriet

Wageningen University

10:15

The use of scouting robots

Anthony Yousefian

Bardsley England

10:30

Robotics

Outdoor robotics

Pål Johan From

Saga Robotics

10:45

Panel Q&A

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

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Session 2 Afternoon - Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

13:30

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

Chair's welcome

Andrea Paoli

National Centre for Food Manufacturing

13:32

Overview. Why the post farm gate industry needs to change

TBC

13:45

How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionising Agriculture

Sarah-Jayne Gratton

The Influencers

14:00

Automation and Traceability. The Dark Packhouse

James Simpson

Adrian Scripps

14:15

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

Matt Rayment

Manufacturing Technology Centre

14:30

Optimising the fresh produce supply chain and reducing wastage through AI technology — A retail case study

TBC

14:45

Panel Q&A

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

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Session 3 Morning - Data driven technologies

09:30

Data driven technologies

Chair's Welcome

Chris Gilbert Wood

GGW Food Tech

09:32

Internet of Food. Digitalising the food chain - traceability, machine learning, AI, making data available from the whole supply chain.

Data driven technologies

Tom Hollands

Raynor Foods

09:45

Benefits of forecasting systems

TBC

10:00

Data sharing

TBC

10:15

Using data to increase yields and profitablilty

Mihai Ciobanu

Fresh4cast

10:30

How major growers and distributors can unlock potential through food tech and software solutions

Richard Potter

Peak AI

10:45

Panel Q&A

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Session 4 Afternoon - Plastics and packaging

13:30

Plastics and packaging

Chair's welcome

David May

University of Lincoln

13:32

Alternative packaging for mushrooms

Nick Tucker

University of Lincoln

13:45

Automated processes and robotics: creative packaging solutions for the circular economy

TBC

14:00

Plastic packaging - the pros and cons and the potential future scenarios

Kevin Vyse

RAP Packaging

14:15

Packaging solutions of the future and the ways that Coveris is working to reduce waste

Eric Duncan

Coveris

14:30

Plastics and packaging

TBC

14:45

Panel Q&A

Plastics and packaging

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Session 5 Morning - Supply chain waste

09:30

Chair's Welcome

Alan Forrester

FPC

09:32

Supply chain waste

Drew Reynolds

Total Produce

09:45

Supply chain waste

TBC

10:00

Supply chain waste

TBC

10:15

Tackling food waste and driving conscious consumerism

Emilie Vanpoperinghe

ODDBOX

10:30

What have we learned over the last few months an how will that influence/change our leadership and working practices in the future

James Green

G's

11:00

Panel Q&A

Supply chain waste

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Session 6 Afternoon - Carbon supply chains

13:30

Chair's Welcome

Libby John

University of Lincoln

13:32

TBC

Carbon supply chains

Duncan Botting

University of Lincoln

13:45

Carbon Supply Chains

Jonathan Scurlock

NFU

14:00

Carbon supply chains

John Henry Looney

Sustainable Direction

14:15

Carbon supply chains

Becky Wilson

Farm Carbon Toolkit

14:30

Panel Q&A

Carbon supply chains

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Session 7 Afternoon- Protected production - glasshouse and vertical farming

13:30

Chair's Welcome

Nigel Jenney

FPC

13:32

New technologies and a vertical farming partnership are revolutionising the way consumers access fresh produce

Oli Kaberry

Jones Food Company

13:45

Protected production - glasshouse and vertical farming

Andrew Mellonie

Marks and Spencer

14:00

Explaining the trials undertaken by John Innes and the development of varieties for successful vertical farming

Jon

Clarke

14:15

Protected production - glasshouse and vertical farming from a grower's perspective

Andrew Fuller

Neame Lea

14:30

Vertical Farming

Erik Runkle

Michigan State University

14:45

Protected production - glasshouse and vertical farming

UK By 2040 - Increased Home Grown Produce and Prosperity. Food security in 20 years from now: What does UK agriculture look like?

Nick Bateman

GrowPura

15:00

Growing the food of the future and why farming is moving indoors - Vertical farming and supply chain efficiencies

Edwin Vanlaerhoven

Certhon

15:30

Panel Q&A

Vertical Farming

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Session 8 Morning - Sustainability

TBC

TBC

09:30

Chair's Welcome

Jacqui Green

Vridis Associates

09:32

Sustainability

TBC

09:32

Sustainability

TBC

09:45

Sustainability

TBC

10:00

Sustainability

TBC

10:15

Sustainability in fresh produce

Andy Allen

Low Carbon Farming

10:30

TBC

TBC

Signify

11:00

Q&A Panel

Sustainability

10:45

TBC

Ben Bardsley

Bardsley Enterprises

Andy Allen

Director

Low Carbon Farming

Duncan Botting

Duncan Botting

Managing Director

University of Lincoln

Dr Jonathan Clarke

Dr Jonathan Clarke

Head of Business Development

John Innes

Jonathan Clarke is Head of Business Development and part of the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation team at the John Innes Centre. He is responsible for interactions with Industry, Technology Transfer, Innovation and Enterprise. Between 2014 and 2016 he span out six companies in AgriTech, MedTech, Industrial Biotech, Food and Diagnostics. He is non-executive Director of three companies and a Board member of AgriTech East and the Food Drink and Agriculture Board of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. Jonathan gained his BSc from the University of Leeds in 1985, and a PhD in Plant Genetics from the University of East Anglia (JIC) in 1993. He spent three years as a European Union Research Fellow at the Vlaams Institute for Biotechnology (Universität Gent, Belgium). Since 1996 he has worked at the John Innes Centre as a Project Manager on EU research programmes on functional genomics and as CSO of the JIC Genome Laboratory. He was appointed to his current role in 2009.

Mihai Ciobanhu

Mihai Ciobanhu

Founder

Fresh4cast

Mihai Ciobanu built his first forecasting models in the late 90’s as a stock trader in Romania. He then moved to a career in consumer goods and consumer healthcare, spanning almost 15 years in Unilever, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. In 2013 he moved to London where he completed the Sloan programme at LBS with an ambition to start a global business. He founded Fresh4cast, which provides forecast-as-a-service solutions specialised in fresh fruit and veg and aims to help its customers improve predictability through a combination of technology and highly-qualified customer service, in the same year.

Eric Duncan

Eric Duncan

Head of Food Science

Coveris

With over 20 years experience leading and managing projects for packaging improving shelf life performance, reducing food waste, reducing environmental impact, and improving consumer convenience, primarily in the fresh & chilled foods sector. Eric is co-inventor on US and GB patents for novel non-sulphite antimicrobial fresh-produce wash treatments and packaging for steam cooking of fresh vegetables, and serves as guest lecturer on the University of Reading’s Fresh Produce Postharvest Quality Management short course. Eric holds a B.Sc. in food science and an M.Sc. in postharvest produce science, from The Pennsylvania State University.

Alan Forrester

Alan Forrester

President

FPC

Alan has been involved in the Fresh Food Sector since leaving University. His experience spans produce Multiple retail buying as well as instore management and he has worked in Fresh produce and flower imports, growing, preparation and distribution. Having spent five years working overseas in Holland and Hong Kong he has travelled extensively in the key fresh produce global growing regions building lasting relations with growers and exporters. Throughout his career Alan has operated as the Managing Director of a number of businesses in property, flower and fruit farms and latterly at Greenyard Fresh heading the UK division with five sites in the UK, at peak, 1,500 colleagues and a revenue of £210m. The UK business, grown through acquisitions, joint ventures and restructures, became recognised as an industry leader with significant expertise in a number of key categories. During his time with Greenyard he spent five years working on the Fresh “EXCO” team. “EXCO” had the responsibility to define the strategy and retail business development plans for Greenyard’s €3.2bn fresh produce business from Germany to Italy and the UK. Alan has also acted as a regional counsellor for the CBI and has been part of the FPC for 6 years and President for three years. The role within the FPC has proved to be extremely rewarding, working with a small, but dedicated and dynamic team actively delivering for all sectors of the membership and industry.

Andrew Fuller

Technical and Growing Director

Neame Lea

Pål Johan From

Pål Johan From

Professor

Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the University of Lincoln

Pål Johan currently holds the position as professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the University of Lincoln, UK. He works in the area of agricultural robotics. He is also the CEO and founder of Saga robotics who develop robots for the agricultural domain. Form has previously been a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology while pursuing the degree Ph.D. at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Research interests: agricultural robotics, precision farming, modeling and control of robotic manipulators, offshore robotics, subsea robotics, vehicle-manipulator systems, haptic teleoperation, surgical robotics.

Sarah Jayne Gratton

Sarah Jayne Gratton

Founding Partner

The Influencers

Dr Sarah-Jayne Gratton is a leading technology evangelist, specialising in emerging technologies and covering trends in artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, agritech, digital transformation and mixed reality. Her clients include global technology giants Siemens, Ericsson, IBM, Vodafone and Oracle. Gratton’s latest book, Playing God with Artificial Intelligence, will be published by Routledge in 2021. - Top Influencer at Mobile World Congress (5.6m impressions) - Top 5 Business Intelligence Marketing Influencers (Onalytica) - Top 5 Artificial Intelligence Influencers (Onalytica) - Top 100 global influencers report by Digital Scouting - Top 100 global IoT Influencers (Business Intelligence) - One of the Top 15 Marketers in Business Intelligence (Onalytica)

Chris Gilbert-Wood

Director

GGW Food Tech

Jacqui Green

Jacqui Green

Director

Viridis Associates

Jacqui has been involved in fresh food since she graduated in 1995. She studied Law, French and Spanish and found that, unexpectedly, languages and fresh produce seemed like a fit. Jacqui has spoken previously on sustainable futures, talent development, responding to consumer preference, and supply chain efficiency. She is passionate about personal development and, as well as her Consulting and Non-Executive roles, she works as a Mentor and is a qualified Transformational Coach. She has also held many positions on Trade Boards, Retailer committees, a Charity Board and worked with Government working groups. In 2019, she left Berry Gardens, a UK cooperative of soft and stone fruit growers where she was CEO. Before this she was General Manager of Wingland Foods (Bakkavor) - a prepared salads business, prior to that Commercial Director at Capespan and in the early 2000’s General Manager of IPL, a joint venture between Geest and Asda (Walmart). Jacqui lives in the South East of England with her husband and two teenage sons. When time allows, she runs and has completed a number of half marathons for charity.

James Green

James Green

Group Director Agriculture

G's

Tom Hollands

Tom Hollands

Innovation and Technical Director

Raynor Foods

Tom Hollands is the Innovation and Technical Director at Raynor Foods, he is an accomplished Food Scientist who has worked in both government (Food Standards Agency) and the private sector. Tom is a true innovator at heart and has won a number of national and international accolades in recognition of this. Tom’s innovations are focused around sustainability and has interests in meta food systems, their emerging technologies and the complex links that connect them.

Nigel Jenney

Nigel Jenney

CEO

FPC

Nigel joined the Fresh Produce Consortium as Chief Executive in 2004. With a wealth of experience in the fresh produce sector, starting life in a family owned glasshouse business, Nigel was educated at Writtle College and began his career with the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries for Scotland, working with the diversity of the Glasgow Wholesale Market before moving to Aberdeen. In 1988 Nigel moved to a senior management role within the commercial world of Heinz focusing on the manufacture of a range of convenience food products. Moving on in 1996 Nigel progressed to the role of Managing Director of a potato packing business which he converted to a limited company and expanded the customer base to include major multiples and manufacturers. Subsequently Managing Director of a leading vegetable co-operative focussing on the production of fresh and prepared products at multi-site locations supporting sales to major retailers, food service and manufacturing sectors.

Libby John

Libby John

PVC/ Head of College of Science and Engineering

University of Lincoln

Head of School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln 2011 - 2016 Faculty Director of Teaching and Learning, University of Lincoln 2010- 2011 Head of Department of Biology & Environmental Science, University of Sussex 2002–2009 Chair, Education, Careers and Training Committee of the British Ecological Society 2009 – 2012 NERC Peer Review College 2008-2011 Senior Lecturer in Ecology: University of Sussex 1999-2010 Lecturer in Ecology: University of Sussex 1992-1999 Killam Post-Doctoral Fellow: University of British Columbia, Canada 1990-1992 Post-doctoral Investigator: University of Michigan Biological Station, USA 1989 Teaching Assistant and Sessional Lecturer: University of Alberta 1984 -1989

Oli Kaberry

Oli Kaberry

Business Development Director

Jones Food Company

Jones Food Company is Europe's largest vertical farm since February 2019. Prior to this Oli was working in the Electrical Vehicle department at Jaguar Land Rover, focussing specifically on EV charging infrastructure and end-of-life battery recycling.

John Henry Looney

John Henry Looney

Managing Director

Sustainable Direction

John Henry has over 30 years experience in delivering environmental and sustainability projects. From the US originally he moved to the UK in 1979 to do his PhD in Physiological, Community and Statistical Ecology on the Isle of Rhum, Scotland. Since then he has taught at University, carried out UNECE funded air quality research at the Natural History Museum; and then worked for 22 years in consultancy, including power (M&E), civil, process and chemical; and environmental engineering before setting up Sustainable Direction to help companies move in a sustainable direction. He has worked in over 26 countries, on projects up to £80M and is focused on delivery.john-henry-2 He published probably the UK’s first carbon footprint in 1989, it was for a coal fired station in the ES for Bilsthorpe, Notts. His main areas currently are the link between carbon and energy with environment; as a MAS advisor, leading the Renewable Energy Funding LLP technical and project side, and continuing to add value to his client’s performance.

David May

David May

Deputy Director

Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology

David has his own specialist consultant business alongside his work for LIAT, providing advice on food, flowers and plant quality. David specialises in the impact of supply chains on product quality and in particular temperature management and damages through handling. He has extensive experience in QA and supply chain processes. He helps business optimise quality whilst using their resources efficiently.

Andrew Mellonie

Senior Agronomist

Marks and Spencer

Andrea Pauli

Andrea Pauli

University of Lincoln

Andrea leads robotics and automation research at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln. From September 2014 to September 2018, he was Senior Lecturer in Automation and Robotics at the University of Lincoln School of Engineering where he was Programme Leader for the BEng (Hons) Automation Engineering programme and lead instructor for a number of automation, robotics and agri-food technology modules. Before joining the University of Lincoln in 2014, Andrea held a position of Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna, Italy, where he was granted tenure in 2011. His academic career also include visiting positions at the University of Michigan (2002, 2005 and 2009) and a part-time lectureship at the Tongji University in Shanghai (2010-2012). His research interests focus on the application of robotics and automation to Food Manufacturing. In this framework, he manages and contributes to a broad portfolio of innovation and technology transfer projects aimed at introducing robotics technologies into the agri-food sector following the Industry 4.0 paradigm. On an industrial level, he is a member of the Technical and Scientific Committee of LIAM Lab – the Italian industrial consortium for research on packaging machineries – and founding partner of Engynya Srl, a research and development start-up company focused on Industry 4.0 ready automation products. On an international level, Andrea is a Senior Member of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), member of the Organising Committee of the UK Robotics and Automation Society and member of the technical committee on industrial process safety within IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control).

Erik	Pekkeriet

Erik Pekkeriet

Programme Manager Agri-Food Robotics

Wageningen University & Research

Erik Pekkeriet is Programme Manager Agri-Food Robotics at Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands. His group leads the European Digital Innovation Hub Network agROBOfood – Robotics in Agri-Food. In this project he takes the role of Network Coordinator for Europe and is leading the North West European Cluster (BeNeLux, UK and Ireland). Erik has a background in Mechanical Engineering, started at Philips, but is now already 25 years rooted in the Agri-Food domain. At Wageningen he tries to robotize all agri-food domains. From under water to satellite and drone remote sensing and ground robots to be controlled; from greenhouses and vertical farms to small farming Asian communities; from farmer low cost robotized packaging facilities to high speed meat processing factories.

Simon Pearson

Simon Pearson

Professor of Agri-Food Technology

University of Lincoln

Simon is Director of the Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology. The Institute sits within the College of Science of the University of Lincoln and helps develop and run cross disciplinary research projects on behalf of the agri-food sector, with particular focus on the use and deployment of agri-food robotic systems. Prior to joining Lincoln, Simon was the CEO of a large UK farming company, worked for Marks and Spencer in a technical role, and as a scientist at the University of Reading.

Richard Potter

CEO

Peak AI

Matt Rayment

Sector Development Manager

MTC

Drew Reynolds

Drew Reynolds

Group Sustainability Officer

Total Produce

Drew has a PHD in Horticultural Science and extensive experience in all aspects of the horticultural industry including growing, management, acquisition, research, consultancy, prepared food and produce technology. He has built a reputation and track record for product development, new technology, people development and sustainability and has experienced a wide range of horticultural and food manufacturing operations home and abroad. His career started as a production manager for a plant propagation unit and after this he moved to MAFF as an ADAS Horticulture advisor specialising in top fruit and berry development. He then spent 19 years at Geest in Spalding where he had many roles starting as technical manager and progressing to technical director. In 2008 he joined Total Produce Technical and Business Development Director where he is now Group Technical Director. During his time there he has had a commercial period as a Managing Director but in the main his roles have been technical and business development (adding value).

Erik Runkle

My research group focuses on the environmental physiology of herbaceous specialty plants grown in controlled environments. In particular, we are investigating how environmental factors, especially light (quantity, quality, and duration) and temperature, influence growth and development of annual bedding plants, herbaceous perennials, leafy greens, and potted flowering plants. Three underlying objectives of this research are: 1) to improve the production efficiency and/or quality of crops currently grown; 2) to minimize production inputs – with an emphasis on lighting optimization and energy efficiency; and 3) to introduce new, high value specialty crops to replace or supplement the production of less-profitable crops

Dr Jonathan Scurlock

Dr Jonathan Scurlock

Chief Policy Adviser, Renewable Energy and Climate Change

National Farmers’ Union

Since 2007, Jonathan Scurlock has led on analysis and advice about energy and climate change to the NFU's management, office holders and members. His background is in university and government research, covering energy and climate policy, plant physiology, bioenergy and other renewables. He was educated at Oxford and London, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Open University.

James Simpson

Managing Director

Adrian Scripps

Nick Tucker

Nick Tucker

Associate Professor

Univeristy of Lincoln

Nick Tucker is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, where he specialises in materials and manufacturing. He has particular research interests in sustainable packaging materials, electrospun fibre production, and the practical applications for electrospun fibres. He was previously a research leader at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research, where he developed water-resistant biodegradable point-of-sale packaging for Earthpac Ltd. His industrial experience includes line management in fire-retardant foam manufacture, and production of high-added value ceramics. He also worked as a process technologist manufacturing ceramic cores for investment casting.

Emilie Vanpoperinghe

Emilie Vanpoperinghe

Co-founder

ODDBOX

Emilie is co-founder of ODDBOX, London's first and only sustainable fruit and veg box tackling food waste. They work closely with farmers, rescuing fresh, seasonal surplus fruit & veg which are at risk of becoming food waste. More than that, ODDBOX drives awareness of the issue and provides insight into the resources used to grow the produce. With every box Londoners reduce food waste, save CO2 and water. Emilie has over 15 years' project and team management experience in Fortune 500 companies across the globe. She was previously Director of Finance & Operations for an international NGO set up by the Nike Foundation and working in developing countries to empower adolescent girls to reach their potential. Before that, she worked close to 10 years in finance in the corporate sector in France, India and the UK. Emilie is originally from northern France and has been in the UK for the past 10 years. Her grandparents were potato farmers and so she knows what it takes to grow fresh produce.

Becky Wilson

Becky Wilson

Project Manager

Farm Carbon Toolkit

Becky Willson is project manager for the Farm Carbon Toolkit, a farmer - led organisation helping provide practical tools and resources for farmers on greenhouse gas mitigation. She has been involved in resource and carbon management for the last 10 years working at Duchy College Rural Business School in Cornwall running a range of applied research projects. She is part of the project team behind the Farm Crap App and is currently leading the Soil Carbon research project, which is the largest soil carbon research project involving farmers in the UK.

Kevin Vyse

Head of Technical

Rap Packaging

Edwin Vanlaerhoven

Edwin Vanlaerhoven

Head of Strategic Business

Certon

Edwin Vanlaerhoven is responsible for the strategic Business Development at Certhon, leading expert in worldwide high-tech horticulture solutions for local fresh year-round vegetable, plant and flower production. Their solutions are innovative, sustainable and focused on achieving a solid return-on-investment. The result worldwide, in many different extreme climates, successful and innovative turnkey projects. In March 2020 Certhon formed alliance with DENSO Corporation, second largest advanced automotive technology supplier in the world. This cooperation unites DENSO’s great knowledge and expertise in the field of automation (industrial robotics, AI, machine learning) with Certhon’ s advanced horticulture technology to develop next-generation horticultural solutions to tackle food related issues

AntonyYousefian

AntonyYousefian

Agtech Director

Bardsley England

Ag-Tech Director of Bardsley England and Co-founder of Bardsley X, passionate about change, innovation and accelerating technology adoption. Started in asset management in the city of London, moving onto the challenge of internationalising China's leading investment bank, CICC. Angel investor with a focus on Agtech & Climatetech, enabling start-ups and SMEs to raise capital and accelerate growth.

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