• Deliveroo to create over 300 new high-skilled high-tech jobs in London

    Over 300 highly-skilled technology jobs to be created at Deliveroo’s new Global HQ in London’s Cannon Street
    Deliveroo orders worldwide grew by over 650% in 2016 and the firm now employs over 1,000 people full-time globally, and works with over 20,000 restaurants.
    Deliveroo, the growing British on-demand food delivery company, is to create hundreds of new high-skilled technology jobs as it continues to expand rapidly in the U.K. and around the world. The company grew by over 650% in
  • Polpo, Exeter announced as the occupier of Queen St. Dining’s last remaining unit

    POLPO Exeter Announced As The Occupier Of Queen St. Dining’s Last Remaining Unit.
    Aviva Investors revealed today that Venetian restaurant POLPO will be the eighth and final restaurant to join Exeter’s new Queen St Dining, completing the high-quality line-up of eateries.
    Russell Norman and business partner Richard Beatty will open POLPO Exeter at 18 Higher Market Guildhall, Queen Street in March 2017.POLPO is modelled on the charming back-street wine bars of Venic
  • BaxterStorey volunteers don wellies and overalls to support community projects

    BaxterStorey has pledged its support to local communities by getting hands on with a number of projects. Eager to help improve community facilities, a team from BaxterStorey’s support office in Reading took part in two volunteering days as part of its new partnership with Employee Volunteering.
    The ‘Five A Day Market Garden’ in West Berkshire was the first project to benefit from the scheme. The community garden provides a therapeutic outdoor space for local residents and thos
  • J D Wetherspoon plc – Q2 Trading Update

    J D Wetherspoon plc announces an update on current trading, before entering its close period for its interim results, for the six months ending 22 January 2017, which are expected to be announced on 10 March 2017.
    Current trading
    For the first 12 weeks of the second quarter (to 15 January 2017), like-for-like sales increased by 3.2% and total sales by 0.7%. In the year to date (25 weeks to 15 January 2017), like-for-like sales increased by 3.4% and total sales increased by 1.6%.
    We expect the o
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  • Government’s Brexit strategy must provide clarity for businesses

    The ALMR has responded to the Prime Minister’s Brexit speech by urging the Government to work to provide clarity to ensure stability for businesses.
    ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said:
    “The Prime Minister’s speech referred to the UK’s food and drink sector as a crucial one. Recognition of the good work we do, and the positive contribution we make economically, is a good first step but it must be followed by decisive action.
    Departure from the European Union will pro
  • ETM Group Trading update for December

    ETM Group, the 13-strong independent bar, pub and restaurant group, provides the following trading statement for December 2016.
    The Group enjoyed a 23% growth in sales during the month of December with like-for-like sales up 6% on the previous year.
    The openings of venues Burdock (October) and Aviary (December) exceeded forecasts with ETM Group experiencing its most successful New Year’s Eve on record at Aviary.
    Ed Martin, ETM co-founder comments:
    “We are extremely pleased with the
  • Happy 5th birthday Dabbous

    Pictured left to right: Oskar Kinberg & Ollie DabbousMichelin starred restaurant Dabbous is celebrating five glorious years by bringing back some classic originals. For a limited time only, Ollie Dabbous’ sublime Scallop tartare with eucalyptus; Fennel salad with lemon balm & pickled rose petals and Chocolate soaked brioche with azuki beans, pecans & barley malt extract will be joining newcomers such as Charcoal smoked cassava.
    It was on 20th January 2012 that Dabbous burst ont
  • GB out-of-home foodservice visits to grow 0.4% in 2017 to 11.34 billion

    Sales forecasts for 2017 foodservice revised upwards to £55.54 billion as market shows clear resilience
    Narrow gap between NPD’s ‘soft Brexit’ vs ‘hard Brexit’ visit and spend estimates for next two years
    Global information company The NPD Group is forecasting that the British out-of-home (OOH) foodservice market could grow visits by as much as 0.4% in 2017 to 11.34 billion and a further 1.6% in 2018 to 11.52 billion. This follows the 1.1% actual growth in ou
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  • PAUL bakeries raise £15,013 for The Felix Project

    PAUL bakeries raise £15,013 for The Felix Project as part of the Sharing our Daily Bread Initiative, donating 50p per loaf to Reduce Waste & Reduce Hunger.
    PAUL is delighted to announce that its artisan bakeries have raised an overwhelming £15,013 for The Felix Project as part of the Sharing our Daily Bread initiative, which launched on 12th December 2016 and closed on 15th January 2017.
    The initiative witnessed the 35-strong bakeries go above and beyond to help those less
  • Country Range Student Chef Challenge Semi-Finalists Announced

    After an incredibly tough paper judging session, Craft Guild of Chefs’ CEO Andrew Green has announced this year’s Country Range Student Chef semi-finalists.
    The following 20 college teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have qualified for the semi-finals taking place week beginning the 6th Feb.
    Loughborough College
    City of Liverpool College
    Bishop Burton College
    Newbury College
    Henley College Coventry
    City of Glasgow College
    Glasgow Clyde College
    City College Norw
  • Anne-Sophie Pic revealed as honorary president of judges at Roux Scholarship 2017

    Innovative three star Michelin chef, Anne-Sophie Pic will join the Roux family as honorary president of the judges at this year’s Roux Scholarship final.
    Anne-Sophie Pic’s story is both remarkable and inspiring. In 2007, she became the fourth female chef to achieve three Michelin stars and the only woman to hold three stars at a restaurant in France, Anne-Sophie Pic, in Valence. In 2011, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants named her World’s Best Female Chef.
    A total of six Mi
  • Town House appoints Giampaolo Scarfi as Restaurant Manager

    Giampaolo ScarfiTown House at the Kensington is delighted to announce the appointment of Giampaolo Scarfi as Restaurant Manager. Scarfi, previously assistant restaurant manager at The Ritz, will be bringing his 11 years of experience in the industry and working closely with the team to maintain Town House’s position as one of South Kensington’s most luxurious all-day dining destinations.
    Giampaolo Scarfi began his career in Rome in 1999 where he worked as Head Waiter at the St. Regis
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  • World-leading tourism and hospitality academic joins Leeds Beckett

    Professor Roy WoodLeeds Beckett University has appointed Professor Roy Wood as its new Head of the Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Management.
    Professor Wood, who will take up the new position on 1 May 2017, joins Leeds Beckett from the University of Macau, China, where he is currently Associate Dean (Curriculum and Teaching) of the Faculty of Business Administration and Professor of Hospitality and Gaming Management.
    The Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Management forms part of Leeds Becke
  • Five of the Best Thai Restaurants in London

    With its aromatic flavours and rich spices, traditional Thai cuisine is a Londoner’s favourite. From the trendy street food of East London to the authentic fine dining restaurants of the West End, South-East Asian aromas permeate the city’s streets throughout the week.
    Below we have separated the sweet from the sour to present you the very best of London’s Thai restaurants.Nipa Thai, Bayswater
    The award-winning restaurant Nipa Thai is situated on the first floor of the mid-cent
  • The Great Hospitality Troubleshoot

    The UK’s largest exhibition for foodservice and hospitality, the Great Hospitality Show, returns to Birmingham in a matter of days promising a programme of expert speakers, innovative products, hot debates, business mentors, top chefs, culinary competitions and, most importantly, over 250 ground-breaking exhibitors.
    With so much to see and do, the show has compiled a troubleshooting list helping visitors in need of fresh impetus, those with pressing business challenges, or trend spotters
  • New generation SelfCookingCenter to feed the Great Hospitality Show

    Lamb rack with cous-cous, pomegranite and taboulehAt the Great Hospitality Show, visitors will experience the NEW generation SelfCookingCenter on stand 320, 23-25 January 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham.
    Rational expert chefs on stand  will demonstrate how easy it is to prepare different meal occasions, with the new generation SelfCookingCenter 101 and XS models, including breakfast, grab-and-go, baking, a la carte and casual dining items with flexibility and consistent results.
    Sea bass fillet
  • A taste of things to come, great results in a RATIONAL

    Lamb rack with cous-cous, pomegranite and taboulehAt the Great Hospitality Show, visitors will experience the NEW generation SelfCookingCenter on stand 320, 23-25 January 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham.
    Rational expert chefs on stand  will demonstrate how easy it is to prepare different meal occasions, with the new generation SelfCookingCenter 101 and XS models, including breakfast, grab-and-go, baking, a la carte and casual dining items with flexibility and consistent results.
    Sea bass fillet
  • BBPA responds to Prime Minister May’s Brexit Speech

    Theresa MayThe BBPA’s Chief Executive, Brigid Simmonds, has this afternoon responded to the Prime Minister’s Brexit speech, welcoming Theresa May’s recognition of the value of the UK’s food and drinks sector, and her support for competitive tax rates for businesses.
    BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments:“It is heartening to hear the Prime Minister reiterate her support for competitive tax rates for businesses in the UK, and to hear her acknowledge the value
  • “The Mafia’s Banker” opens his new restaurant in Notting Hill

    From Left to Right, Chris Denney and Luca LongobardiLuca Longobardi, the man they called “The Mafia’s Banker”, has officially opened his new restaurant, 108 Garage, on Notting Hill’s Golborne Road.
    Chris Denney, formerly of Hambleton Hall, heads up the kitchen, and his dishes have already attracted a devoted following.Chris’ menu is inspired by having worked around the world and features a unique seasonal mix of textures and tastes, influences and art
  • Sir Peter Blake creates bespoke collage for Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

    ‘Our Fans’ by Sir Peter Blake takes up residence on Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London’s Knightsbridge façade during part of the extensive renovation of this historic hotel.
    Sir Peter Blake, a leading figure in the art world, and often referred to as the ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’, has been commissioned by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to create a collage which will cover Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London’s iconic façade during part of th
  • Bunga Bunga Covent Garden Arrives with Star-Studded Launch Night

    Lottie MossThursday 12th January 2017 saw the star-studded launch of the much anticipated new live entertainment dining venue, Bunga Bunga Covent Garden. Sheridan Smith treated celebrity guests including Lottie Moss, Donna Air & Joshua Kane, to an exclusive one off performance of Don’t Rain on My Parade and People, as the headliner to an all singing- all dancing spectacular evening in association with MARTINI.
    Guests including Levison Wood, Natalie Pinkham and the Made in Chelsea cast
  • Jason and Irha Atherton and The Social Company to launch Hai Cenato

    On Tuesday 7th February, The Social Company will open the doors to Hai Cenato, the group’s first Italian restaurant. Launching within the NOVA Food development in London’s Victoria, the all-day eatery is the second collaboration between Jason and Irha Atherton and Chef Patron, Paul Hood, who also heads up Michelin-starred Social Eating House. Translating as ‘Have you had dinner?’, the typical greeting from Italian hosts to their family and friends, the venue will be set
  • M&B, Marston’s, Hippo Inns, Geronimo Inns, Young’s, Fuller’s, Living Ventures & ALMR to speak at Casual Dining 2017

    Boosting pub menu innovation and profitability is a key theme at next month’s Casual Dining trade show, which returns to the Business Design Centre in London, on 22-23 February.
    Bob Ivell, non-exec chairman of Mitchells & ButlersBig names from Marston’s, Young’s, Geronimo Inns, Hippo Inns, Fuller’s, and Living Ventures are the latest and final additions to this year’s expert free Keynote line-up; which already includes Bob Ivell, non-exec chairman of Mitchells
  • BII Licensee of the Year 2017: The search for the best licensees in the country begins

    The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has begun its annual hunt to find the 2017 BII Licensee of the Year.  Entries are now open online for the award programme, which is the most sought-after accolade of its kind in the licensed retail sector and recognises the top individual licensees, or licensee partners operating in the industry today.
    The competition is open to managers, lessees, tenants and free traders, and last year saw a record number of licensees from across the country, vyin
  • Brewers’ Research & Education Fund open for applications for 2017

    A major grants fund that provides funding for scientific research and education in the brewing industry has begun inviting applications for funding in 2017/18 via the BBPA website. Under the Brewers’ Research & Education Fund (BREF), applicants have just under three months to submit their bids, with a deadline for funding applications of 31st March 2017.
    The BREF supports vital technical research into projects such as improving brewery environmental footprint, dispense hygiene surveys
  • Squirrel Launches ‘Tree-J Mornings’ in South Kensington

    Beginning on Wednesday 18 January 2017, Squirrel will be putting a kick into London’s early morning commuting scene by welcoming a resident DJ to its healthy hangout, with the introduction of ‘Tree-J Mornings’.
    With tube strikes, busy busses and railway ruckus the current talk of the town, the Squirrel team will be encouraging Londoners to find rush hour respite from their chaotic commute and jump their way into magnificently musical mornings at its aptly named Treehouse in So
  • Elior UK teams up with The Urban Rajah to create new Indian concept

    Leading contract caterer Elior UK has joined forces with TV chef and author The Urban Rajah to create a new Indian street food concept.
    The concept, which will launch in February, has been designed to help Elior sites grow their sales by capitalising on the growing trend[1] for contemporary Indian cuisine.
    One of the exciting new dishes in development is a Buroti. The Indian style wrap is packed with chicken, lamb or vegetarian options – such as roasted paneer – soaked in carefully
  • Adventure Gourmet with Ben Tish – 8th February 2017

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  • Louvre Hotels Group buys into Sarovar Hotels and becomes one of the largest hotel groups in India

    from left to right are Saurabh Chawla (Head of Group Development at Louvre Hotels Group) Pierre-Frédéric Roulot (CEO of Louvre Hotels Group), Anil Madhok (Sarovar Hotels), Ajay K Bakaya (Sarovar Hotels)Louvre Hotels Group, 2nd largest hotel group in Europe, announces its acquisition of a majority stake in Sarovar Hotels, the largest independent Indian hotel chain in terms of hotels and presence. The European hotel group continues to rollout its international expansion plans wi
  • London’s latest foodie hub requires super slick EPOS solution from Nobly POS

    Launched in October, Flat Iron Square is a showcase of the best food and booze spots London has to offer. Located beneath the regenerated railway arches and just a stones throw from Borough Market and the Shard, Flat Iron Square is London’s new home for live music, fantastic food and all round good times south of the Thames.
    With bars packed with after work boozers and delicious food flying out of frying pans and pizza ovens, Flat Iron Square needed a EPOS system that could keep pace. Fla
  • Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards 2017 announces finalists

    Brands including Pho, Las Iguanas, wagamama, ASK Italian, Burger & Lobster, Carluccio’s, GBK, MEATliquor, Nando’s, Pizza Express, Revolution, Giggling Squid, and La Tasca, have made the shortlists for this year’s Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards.
    They’re among 67 casual dining pub and restaurant operators nominated for awards across 14 categories, which cover everything from new concepts, menu innovation and employee engagement to marketing and design, as we
  • Gidleigh Park receives the first ever five AA Rosette Award to be awarded in January

    Gidleigh Park is celebrating following news it has become the first restaurant to ever be awarded the AA’s top hospitality award of five AA Rosettes in its January announcements.The AA has been awarding Rosettes to restaurants since 1956, with the top award of five rosettes being introduced in 1991. Awarded bi-annually in January and September, previously the top accolade of five AA rosettes has only ever been issued with the main awards in September, but feedback from the inspectors conf
  • Revealed: it’s the simple pleasures that will make us happy in 2017

    A happiness survey conducted by Young’s Pubs shows that Brits don’t need a happiness formula – just take inspiration from the hygge trend and celebrate the simple things in life.
    Going on holiday, finding cash in an old pair of jeans and freshly washed sheets are the top three things that make Brits happy
    Heading down the pub or to a restaurant emerged as the happiest places for Brits outside the home
    Young’s Pubs have analysed the research to create the ultimate zen spa
  • Warm Butternut and Sweet Potato Salad

    Vegetarian Foodservice Recipe: Warm Butternut and Sweet Potato Salad
    Recent research shows that more than 5% of the UK population are vegetarian, that’s 3 million diners. These diners need vegetarian menu options and frequent the venues that provide vegetarian menu options.
    Fry’s Family Foods help you to provide vegetarian menu options not just through delicious and nutritious vegetarian food products, with easy to follow menu ideas too.
    For a copy of our eCookbook just send us an e
  • Redefine|BDL Hotels expands its portfolio in Edinburgh

    Redefine|BDL Hotels (RBH) has today (16 January) announced that Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre has joined its extensive portfolio of hotels.
    The Georgian style property, which boasts excellent facilities and an ideal location within the heart of Edinburgh, will bring the number of open hotels managed by the company to 43.
    RBH – the UK’s leading independent hotel management company – which already has a further three properties within its portfolio in Edinburgh inclu
  • Burns Night at Lancaster London

    Now that New Year celebrations are officially over, we’ve discarded our Champagne flutes and will be replacing them with a wee dram in the run up to Burns Night. The annual Scottish celebration will be returning on Wednesday 25 January 2017. To celebrate the occasion, Lancaster London is offering an exclusive Burns Night set menu at the award-winning bar and restaurant, Island Grill.
    In honour of the famous bard himself, guests will be able to enjoy canny culinary delights such as Cullen
  • Travelodge officially opens its second & largest hotel in Kings Lynn

    Today, one of the UK’s leading budget hotel chains, Travelodge officially opened its second and largest hotel in Kings Lynn. The 68-room hotel is situated at Hardwick Business Retail Park, it represents an investment of £5 million for the landlord and has created 15 new jobs within the local community.
    Kings Lynn Travelodge, which is the company’s 544th hotel, was officially opened by the Mayor of Kings Lynn, Councillor David Whitby and Travelodge People Director, Hannah Thoms
  • Bunga Bunga Battersea Beat Blue Monday with £1 Pizza

    On 16 January 2017 , pizza fiends will be heading to Battersea from far and wide as Bunga Bunga Battersea announces they will be serving £1 pizza throughout the day to beat Blue Monday.
    To rescue Londoners from a gloomy 24 hours, Bunga Bunga Battersea customers will be able to choose from the eatery’s renowned pizza menu featuring slow-rising home-made sourdough freshly prepared every day – making surviving the day a pizza cake!A combination of weather conditions and debt leve
  • Felbridge Hotel and Spa, East Grinstead to rebrand as Crowne Plaza Felbridge

    The Felbridge Hotel and Spa at East Grinstead, Sussex is undergoing a stylish top-to-toe upgrade in line with its rebranding as the Crowne Plaza Felbridge. Scheduled for completion early April, the £3million plus refurbishment will transform all the hotel’s public areas, restaurant, meeting rooms, banqueting suites and 116 bedrooms and suites. The Chakra Spa with its five treatment rooms, gym, indoor pool and steam room is also receiving a facelift.
    For eating and drinking the Bay T
  • Wilson Vale invests in talent to strengthen strategic growth

    Wilson Vale has made a major investment in its client services and support team to maintain its unique position and reputation in the market place throughout its future growth.
    Four out of the five new senior operational roles created are internal promotions.
    Alan Beddie, former operations director, is now managing director.
    Having spent five years in a business development role with Wilson Vale between 2003 and 2008, Alan re-joined the company in June 2013 as operations director. David Anderso
  • Line caught sea bass, pan fried scallops, broad beans and peas

    A simple tasty recipe with some stunning fish, to start the new year off the right way!
    Ingredients
    1 whole line caught sea bass
    50g frozen garden peas
    50g fresh broad beans
    2 fresh king scallops
    50g butter
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 shallot
    1/2 bulb of garlic
    Vegetable oil
    1 sprig of fresh thyme
    5 button mushrooms, sliced
    1 vanilla pod
    125ml of white wine
    125ml of dry vermouth
    950ml of Fish stock
    300ml of double cream
    1/2 lemon, juiced
    Fresh pea shoots
    Method
    Prepare the sea bass, remove scale
  • Archer Street’s Got Talent

    Legendary Soho singing contest, Archer Street’s Got Talent is back with a bang this year, ready to welcome the UK’s future stars to the stage in 2017. Back due to popular demand, Archer Street’s Got Talent will return to the well loved Soho bar Archer Street on 21st February, welcoming high profile industry professionals and celebrity guests to the judging panel.
    Those looking to become the voice of 2017 are in with a chance of scooping a £3,000 c
  • Sodexo creates new UK sales structure to accelerate growth in sports & leisure

    Amanda Brown, UK Sales DirectorSodexo, the world’s largest services company, has unveiled a new structure for its UK sales team within the Sports & Leisure Division. The enhanced team of sales experts has been designed to create a high-performance sales culture.
    The restructure aims to align the teams across Conference & Banqueting and Corporate Hospitality, bringing together these two complementary areas to generate a greater synergy and create a platform to deliver accelerated sa
  • New stress-management weekends in London

    Working in Balance partners with COMO Metropolitan London.
    Looking for a better way to cope with stress in 2017?  A pioneering workshop that offers proven techniques for keeping stress under control is launching in London. New for 2017, corporate wellness specialist Working In Balance is hosting a series of one-day intensive stress management workshops at COMO Metropolitan London in Mayfair.
    The ‘Stress Free Success’ and ‘Meditation for Busy People’ workshops offer
  • Supercity Aparthotels add Brighton property to aparthotel portfolio

    In a move to grow their business into prime UK markets, serviced apartment specialists, Supercity Aparthotels have purchased a 26,372 sq. ft city centre site in Brighton, adding to their current portfolio of three London aparthotels.
    The location, which was the former site of Brighton’s ice-skating rink will boast 65 apartments and a restaurant, across 4 storeys.
    Located in the heart of Brighton on Queen Square, between the seafront and Brighton railway station, the property is in a prime
  • Shaftesbury creates two new restaurant opportunities in Carnaby for 2017

    Shaftesbury, the leading landlord of West End restaurants has announced that it has exchanged an agreement to surrender the Cha Cha Moon lease on Ganton Street, Carnaby. Shaftesbury will re-develop the site to create two new opportunities to satisfy strong demand from operators to open restaurants in the area.
    Completion will take place in late January following which Shaftesbury will re-configure the site to create two new restaurants, a 1,640 sq ft unit with a Ganton Street frontage and a 2,5
  • 2017 Travel Trends from Quintessentially’s Global Experts

    Post-Brexit Predictions
    Post Brexit, short-haul holidays are proving much more popular than long-haul since the pound has dropped making UK staycations that much more popular. This serves as an undeniable short-term gain for UK tourism due as previously unobtainable getaways have and will become that more affordable and subsequently accessible.
    This year will still see travel at key place of investment for the super wealthy with the super-rich showing little sign of reducing their travel budget
  • An Alternative Burns Night in an English whisky distillery

    The Lakes Distillery, Cumbria’s only distillery, is holding two Alternative Burns Night celebrations this year and there won’t be a haggis in sight at either.
    The Alternative Burns Nights take place on the 20th and the 27th of January and will feature tales from the UK’s first Laureate for Story Telling – the renowned Taffy Thomas MBE – and a tutored tasting session with either Paul Currie, the Founder and Managing Director of The Lakes Distillery or John Drake, th
  • The Guest Series with Daniela Soto-Innes

    On Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th February, we welcome Daniela Soto-Innes to the Lyle’s kitchen.
    Running the kitchen at Enrique Olvera’s much lauded Cosme restaurant in New York City, she’s quickly become one the world’s most talked about chefs. This year, still only 26 years old, she’s won the James Beard Rising Star Chef Of The Year Award, saw her restaurant Cosme enter The World’s 50 Best at No. 96, and had a short documentary called ‘La Cocinera&rsqu
  • Blue Monday: trivago reveals the cheapest destinations in the UK

    Based on exclusive hotel price data from 2016, trivago.co.uk has revealed the cheapest and most expensive destinations in the UK. Using data from 1 January to 31 December 2016, the destinations have been aggregated from towns and cities with at least 60 hotels.
    Blackpool is the number one low-cost destination in the UK
    With an average hotel price of £63, Blackpool is the cheapest place in the UK for hotel accommodation. With the average hotel price in the UK coming in at £94, Blackp

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