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Mar 18 - Legal Seafoods and CP Foods to Introduce Legal Branded Shrimp Products for National Distribution


Mar 14 - GAA Combating CBC Exposé on Shrimp, Antimicrobial Resistance


Mar 14 - U.S. Attorney’s Office Sells Shrimp Boat Seized After Fraud Conviction


Mar 11 - China Establishes Research Center Targeting Seafood Smuggling


Mar 8 - VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Update; Lent Seafood; MSC Gulf Snow Crab; SeaPak Budweiser Partnership


Mar 7 - U.S. Shrimp Imports Increased 4.8% in 2018


Mar 6 - Shoney’s Kicks Off Seafood Season with New Menu Items, Enhanced Seafood Fresh Food Bar


Mar 6 - Pacific Seafood Announces New Sustainability-Related Projects for 2019


Mar 5 - Panda Express Adds Wok-Fired Shrimp to Wok Smart Menu for Limited Time


Mar 4 - Restaurant Report: Lent Makes Waves in Seafood Offerings


Mar 1 - Alabama Lands Largest Amount of Shrimp in January


Feb 28 - NaturalShrimp Completes Testing on Their Patented Technology to grow Shrimp Indoors


Feb 28 - Tru Shrimp Company Brings on Strategic Partner for Marketing, Communications Program


Feb 27 - Final Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Landing Figures for 2018 Released


Feb 26 - White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider and Shrimp Nibblers for Lent


Feb 26 - Uncertainties Shadow Shrimp Aquaculture Worldwide


Feb 25 - Skretting USA Feed Plant Damaged by Fire in Utah


Feb 22 - Church’s Chicken Brings Back $5 Seafood Platters for Lent


Feb 22 - Smuggling Crackdowns in China Contribute to Country's Seafood Imports Increase


Feb 19 - Phillips Foods Launches 3 New Value-Added Options


Feb 14 - Hendrix Genetic, Nutreco Partner to Offer Sustainable Shrimp Solutions in Ecuador


Feb 14 - India Shrimp Rejections for Antibiotics Spike in January 2019


Feb 14 - King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'


Feb 13 - Noodles & Company Introduce Limited Time Shrimp Dishes Just in Time for Lent


Feb 12 - LoveTheWild Relaunching Sustainably-Farmed Fish Kits This March


Feb 11 - LISTEN: Right Whale Protection Rules; U.S. Lobster Imports; Tilapia and Cannabis; and More


Feb 8 - VIDEO: Tariff Impact on Lobster; Siluriformes Recalled; November Gulf Shrimp Landings and More


Feb 7 - Kroger, Home Chef Expand Meal Kit Availability and Introduce Customizable Options


Feb 6 - Total FDA Refusals Increase Over 48% in January 2019


Feb 5 - Gulf Shrimp Landings Fall Below 2017 Average for Second Month in a Row


Feb 4 - Cooke Seafood Enters into Shrimp Farming with Acquisition of Seajoy Corporation


Feb 4 - Russia Plans Significant Increase of Latin American Seafood Imports


Feb 1 - Del Taco Offering Wild-Caught Alaska Pollock Tacos, Jumbo Shrimp Options


Jan 31 - Black Angus Steakhouse Launches Signature Steakhouse Bowls Featuring Grilled Shrimp, Salmon


Jan 30 - NaturalShrimp Says Their Product Avoids Significant Environmental Problems


Jan 29 - Lobsterfest is Back at Red Lobster With New Menu Items


Jan 28 - Russia Considers Adding Pollock, Herring and Cod to 'No History' Quota Auctions This Year


Jan 16 - Data on Alaska Fish Catches, Prices, Processor Sales by AK Region


Jan 11 - VIDEO: Industry Mourns Crab Fishermen; FDA Update; Mazzetta’s New Shrimp Line and More


Jan 8 - Mari Signum Commercial Chitin Extraction Plant Transforming Shrimp Shells


Jan 8 - Mazzetta Company Introduces New Line of Shrimp


Jan 8 - Shrimp From Ecuador to Re-Enter Brazil After Over Seven Month Suspension


Jan 7 - tru Shrimp Company Building Facility in Madison, South Dakota


Jan 7 - Total FDA Refusals Decrease Over 25% in December 2018


Jan 3 - Texas Shrimp Producer NaturalShrimp Receives U.S. Patent For Vibrio Suppression Technology System


Jan 3 - China's Seafood Smuggling Crackdown Successes Ushers Shrimp Industry into New Era


Jan 2 - China Cuts Tariffs on Some Seafood Imported from Countries Other Than the U.S.


Dec 31 - Stricter Customs in China Forces Ecuador White Shrimp Prices to Rise; Ecuador Pushes for Zero Tariff


Dec 27 - NOAA, CBP Implement ‘Informed Compliance’ Period for Shrimp and Abalone SIMP Data


Dec 21 - Stavis Seafoods’ BOS’N Brand to Include Full Line of Argentine Red Shrimp Products


Dec 20 - Weight Watchers Partners with Blue Apron, Introduces New Tilapia and Shrimp Dishes


Dec 20 - SeaPak Makes Holiday Party Planning Easier with New Parmesan Shrimp and Spinach Bites


Dec 19 - Argentina, Ecuador Shrimp Thriving in China, but Some Domestic Producers Face Difficulties


Dec 17 - China Cracks Down on Smuggling and Improves Logistics for Legal Imports


Dec 14 - NMFS Releases Latest Fisheries of US Report; Alaska On Top for Volume, Value


Dec 13 - Per Capita Seafood Consumption Highest Since 2008, with Gains in Shrimp, Salmon, Cod


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Legal Seafoods and CP Foods to Introduce Legal Branded Shrimp Products for National Distribution

Legal Seafoods is adding more products under its own brand for national distribution.  At the Boston Seafood Show, they announced a partnership with Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) to co-pack premium shrimp products for distribution in North America.

With both companies sharing the same view of expansion in the US branded shrimp market,  Mr. Roger Berkowitz, CEO of Legal Sea Foods, and Dr. Sujint Thammasart, COO (Aquaculture Business Unit) of CP Foods, say it is a proud moment for both companies to jointly introduce...

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GAA Combating CBC Exposé on Shrimp, Antimicrobial Resistance

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) is scheduled to air a segment on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and shrimp on Friday, and the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is ready to fight back. GAA is warning its members that due to the nature of the segment, as well as conversations that they had with CBC, that the segment will “insinuate to viewers that imported, farmed shrimp is a food-safety concern when there is no indication that it is unsafe.”

According to GAA, the segment is part of an investigation that CBC conducted in...

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China Establishes Research Center Targeting Seafood Smuggling

In order to show determination and strengthen supervision against smuggling, China established its National Anti-Smuggling Coordination Survey and Research Center, also known as NARC, in Nanning of Guangxi on February 23. This center is said to be responsible for studying the smuggling situation, predicting the trend and also providing suggestions about how to tackle the problem. Seafood smuggling is one of the top priorities on its to-do list, according to media reports.

Seafood smuggling has been haunting China for many years now. Even some renowned seafood companies were caught ...

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U.S. Shrimp Imports Increased 4.8% in 2018

Due to a delay from the government shutdown, final 2018 shrimp import numbers were released on Wednesday. And according to the U.S. Census, shrimp imports into the U.S. increased 4.8% in 2018.

Peeled shrimp increased 6.2% when looking at December 2018 vs. December 2017. A total of 58,477 pounds of peeled shrimp was imported into the U.S. in December 2018 compared to 55,050 pounds in December 2017. YTD there was 665,745 pounds imported compared to 619,329 pounds in 2017.

Meanwhile, Urner Barry market reporter Jim Kenny reports that there was a...

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Pacific Seafood Announces New Sustainability-Related Projects for 2019

Oregon-based Pacific Seafood has published their second annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report, and the 47-page document highlights some of the company’s new sustainability-related projects for the new year.

“When Pacific Seafood was founded more than 75 years ago, it was my family’s goal to deliver the freshest seafood on the planet to our customers every day,” said Pacific Seafood CEO and President Frank Dulcich. “Today, our commitment to that goal remains unchanged and stronger than ever. Protecting the longevity of our oceans and...

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Restaurant Report: Lent Makes Waves in Seafood Offerings

Lent begins March 6th, and with it comes the advent of the seafood promotional season at many QSR and fast casual concepts. In anticipation of the season, many restaurants have either launched new LTOs, revived previous offerings, or rolled out tests for new menu items.
 
Wendy's brought back the North Pacific Cod sandwich, an annual staple, as most other QSRs continue using pollock for their fish sandwiches. Pollock LTO's include Arby's fish sandwiches, White Castle's Fish Nibblers and Fish Slider, Jack in the Box's Fish Sandwich, Bojangles's BojAngler, and Captain D's...
 

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NaturalShrimp Completes Testing on Their Patented Technology to grow Shrimp Indoors

Texas shrimp producer NaturalShrimp announced on Thursday that they have completed testing of their patented technology to grow shrimp indoors with Shrimp Lot 180.

NaturalShrimp and F&T Water Solutions co-developed a Vibrio Suppression Technology system for growing aquatic species indoors. The system was designed to not only automatically control ammonia, bacteria and solids, but feed quality as well. It eliminates bacteria and other harmful organisms to allow shrimp to “grow and thrive in an indoor all-natural environment...

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Final Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Landing Figures for 2018 Released

The National Marine Fisheries Service has released its final Gulf of Mexico landings report for 2018. NMFS is reporting December 2018 landings (all species, headless) of 6.49 million pounds, compared to 6.92 million pounds in December 2017. The annual total is 96.5 million pounds, which is 4.1 million pounds, or 4 percent below the January to December 2017 total of 100.6 million pounds.

In addition to the final figures for 2018, NMFS also released the January 2019 total, which shows...

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Uncertainties Shadow Shrimp Aquaculture Worldwide

Shrimp seem to become more popular in the market and also among farmers during recent years. For example, in addition to white shrimp, India has decided to introduce another species, giant tiger prawns. The Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA) has started to supply several local aquaculture facilities with healthy seed of tiger prawns since February 18.

This is a measure that India has taken in response to rising supply, frequent price reduction and fierce competition in the white shrimp market. According to the president for MPEDA, local farmers actually tried to...

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Church’s Chicken Brings Back $5 Seafood Platters for Lent

Those who observe Lent have plenty of seafood options to choose from in the quick service sector. Church’s Chicken announced this week that they’re bringing back their popular $5 Pick-Your-Platter promotion, featuring butterfly shrimp, just in time for Lent.

“In addition to our signature chicken, guests welcome Church’s longstanding tradition of serving seasonal seafood,” said Jennifer Chasteen, VP of Brand Strategy and Activation for Church’s. “We’re excited to bring back some of our most popular dishes and introduce bold flavor innovation in our new...

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Phillips Foods Launches 3 New Value-Added Options

Phillips Foods has launched three new value-added options with millennials and foodies in mind: Crispy Dim Sum, Crab Rangoon, and Shrimp & Grits. The three new frozen products were designed with quick and easy preparation in mind – without sacrificing flavor.

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Crispy Dim Sum

The perfect option for a party, Phillips Foods’ Crispy Dim Sum features three varieties: Shrimp Spring Rolls, Shrimp Wontons and Shrimp Money Bags. Each item is made with a crisp wonton wrapper and...

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India Shrimp Rejections for Antibiotics Spike in January 2019

India shrimp rejections for January 2019 have spiked significantly, according to FDA import refusal data.

This past January the FDA refused 32 shrimp entry lines from India. Of those 32 refused entry lines, 26 were related to banned antibiotics. Looking back to January 2018 there were 14 shrimp refusals from India, however, none of the refused entry lines were due to banned antibiotics. In fact, in 2018 the FDA only refused 15 shrimp entry lines from India for antibiotics. This means that one month in 2019 had...

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Noodles & Company Introduce Limited Time Shrimp Dishes Just in Time for Lent

Noodles & Company is expanding their menu. The fast-casual restaurant announced this week that for a limited time they will be offering two new dishes featuring shrimp – and just in time for Lent!

Starting today, diners can indulge in a Zucchini Shrimp Scampi dish or a Penne Rosa with Shrimp dish. According to Noodles & Company, the new options were created with their guests in mind. The dishes, which are a light, protein-rich option, can help diners reach their New Year’s resolution goals...

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LISTEN: Right Whale Protection Rules; U.S. Lobster Imports; Tilapia and Cannabis; and More

Welcome back to the SeafoodNews Weekly Podcast!  This episode of the podcast breaks down right whale protection rules in the Gulf of St. Lawrence; how the China tariffs are impacting U.S. lobster importers; November 2018 shrimp imports; pesticide use in Washington oyster beds; and how tilapia is being used to grow cannabis. Plus, find out “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt’s connection to shrimp!

This episode is brought to you by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, taking place in Las Vegas from April 28...

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Kroger, Home Chef Expand Meal Kit Availability and Introduce Customizable Options

Kroger and Home Chef are expanding their offerings to more customers approximately six months after introducing the meal kits in stores in Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. Kroger announced on Wednesday that retail meal kits will now be introduced to 500 additional Kroger Family of Stores across the country.

“Kroger continues to redefine the customer experience and provide new ways to shop for, prep and cook meals through exciting brick and mortar and digital experiences,” Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising said in a press release...

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Gulf Shrimp Landings Fall Below 2017 Average for Second Month in a Row

Gulf shrimp landings have fallen below both the 2017 figure and the prior eight-year average for the second month in a row. According to seafood market reporter Jim Kenny, the drop below the eight-year average has actually occurred 8 out of 11 months this year.

Due to the government shutdown, the National Marine Fisheries Service just released numbers for November 2018 and landings for all species, headless came in at 8.207 million lbs. To compare, landings in November 2017 hit 8.898 million lbs...

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U.S. Attorney’s Office Sells Shrimp Boat Seized After Fraud Conviction

The Assistant United States Attorney with the Southern District of Georgia’s Asset Recovery Unit has completed the sale of a shrimp boat that was seized in a federal fraud investigation.

The shrimp boat initially belonged to Tybee Island shrimper and fisherman Michael Brian Anderson. According to the Department of Justice, Anderson submitted “multiple false claims to Customs & Border Protection (CBP) seeking millions of dollars in subsidies under the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000 (CDSOA).” The CDSOA protects American shrimp producers by imposing...

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VIDEO: Farmed Salmon Update; Lent Seafood; MSC Gulf Snow Crab; SeaPak Budweiser Partnership

SeafoodNews Weekly Recap's Lorin Castiglione is back! Watch Lorin and co-host Amanda Buckle reunite on screen as they talk about the latest farmed salmon market update; Lent seafood offerings; the MSC Gulf Snow Crab Certificate; and SeaPak's partnership with Budweiser.

This video is sponsored by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, now the premier event for the seafood industry. The Executive Conference, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from April 28th to the 30th, is expanding this year and...

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Shoney’s Kicks Off Seafood Season with New Menu Items, Enhanced Seafood Fresh Food Bar

Shoney’s has some new seafood offerings – and just in time for Lent.

The Lenten season begins on Wednesday, and now through April 21 Shoney’s is offering their guests the best seafood prepared with “Shoney’s signature quality.”

“Shoney’s prides itself on giving our valued guests what they want when they want it,” said Shoney’s Chairman and CEO, David Davoudpour. “And now, it’s the season for seafood and we’re serving the finest the ocean has to offer. This year’s Seafood Fest will satisfy our guests at every level...

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Panda Express Adds Wok-Fired Shrimp to Wok Smart Menu for Limited Time

For a limited time, Panda Express fans can now get Wok-Fired Shrimp from the Wok Smart menu.

The Asian dining restaurant brand announced the latest addition to the better-for-you menu on Monday. The new option combines premium shrimp and fresh cut vegetables for a sweet, savory and spice entrée.

“The complex components of Wok-Fired Shrimp, such as the three hot peppers, bring a whole new experience to the flavor profiles our guests know and love,” said Chef Jimmy Wang...

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Alabama Lands Largest Amount of Shrimp in January

As we reported earlier this week, NOAA released the final Gulf of Mexico shrimp landings for 2018, as well as landings data for January 2019. Taking a more in depth look at the data for January, Alabama landed the largest amount of shrimp in the Gulf, while Louisiana landings were below historic norms.

Total landings for Alabama came in at 843,000 pounds. According to the Southern Shrimp Alliance, that’s more shrimp landed in the state than in any prior January going back to 2017...

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Tru Shrimp Company Brings on Strategic Partner for Marketing, Communications Program

Tru Shrimp, an aquaculture company headquartered in Balaton, Minnesota, announced on Wednesday that they have selected Padilla and its Joe Smith brand consultancy as a “strategic partner for its marketing and communications programs.”

As part of the strategic partnership, the Joe Smith team will develop an “insights-driven brand strategy.” In addition, the communications company will work on naming and packaging design, as well as develop media relations, social media, sponsorships, and more.

“Consumer are interested in knowing that their food is safely-raised...

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White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider and Shrimp Nibblers for Lent

White Castle’s Shrimp Nibblers and Seafood Crab Cake Sliders are back for a limited time – and just in time for the kickoff of Lent on March 6.

While Fish Sliders and Fish Nibblers, both made with Wild Alaskan pollock, are a staple menu item for White Castle, the chain only brings back their Shrimp Nibblers and Seafood Crab Cake Sliders once a year. And this year, the Seafood Crab Cake Slider is an option for White Castle’s new 3 for $3 value deal...

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Skretting USA Feed Plant Damaged by Fire in Utah

Local KUTV news reports that a fire broke out Friday night at the Skretting feed plant in Tooele, Utah.  Tooele is the USA headquarters for Skretting.

The plant manufactures shrimp and aquaculture feed.  The local dispatcher said the fire began in a grinder, which began smoking around 7:50 PM.

Firefighters isolated the area to keep the fire from spreading to the rest of the plant. No one was injured, and the fire was put out quickly, said fire chief Rick Harrison...

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Smuggling Crackdowns in China Contribute to Country's Seafood Imports Increase

In January, China’s customs cracked down on a smuggling case of frozen seafood that involved 2.68 billion yuan (~$400 million USD). In total, customs staffs in Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Dongxing, Zhangzhou and Haikou have broken up seven gangs consisting of 38 suspects and uncovered roughly 4,000 tons of frozen seafood like shrimps and squid.

Similar operations were carried out last year, which hit seafood smugglers in China hard and greatly influenced seafood trading in China as well as its neighbor, Vietnam. For example, Vietnam’s shrimp export ...

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Hendrix Genetic, Nutreco Partner to Offer Sustainable Shrimp Solutions in Ecuador

Hendrix Genetics announced that they plan on establishing a state-of-the-art shrimp laboratory in Ecuador thanks to a partnership with Nutreco and Ecuacultivos. The three companies will be investing capital to modernize the existing Macrobio laboratory, and the facility will focus on providing “local production of shrimp, genetics and advanced breeding technology, in addition to nutritional solutions in food supply for aquaculture.”

“After our entry into shrimp farming in 2017, we have put all our efforts in developing the Kona Bay shrimp breeding program... 

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King Crab and Lobster Again Shine for Chinese New Year, 'The Most Important Dinner in China'

China’s largest-scale shopping carnival has come to an end with the ending of its lunar New Year holiday recently. Impressively, its residents spent more than 1 trillion yuan celebrating the holiday. One new feature of festival consumption is that imported commodities have become increasingly popular and affordable for frenzied Chinese consumers.

According to Alibaba, the country’s e-commerce giant, king crabs have become a hot choice for the festival feast. Their sales ballooned by 769% on its T-mall platform around...

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LoveTheWild Relaunching Sustainably-Farmed Fish Kits This March

LoveTheWild is relaunching their sustainably-farmed fish kits. The company, which was founded in 2014, confirmed that their new easy-to-prepare meal solutions will be hitting Whole Foods Market locations nationwide this March.

As part of the relaunch, Whole Foods customers will be able to purchase new options, including Barramundi with Mango Sriracha; Shrimp with Cajun Crème; and Rainbow Trout with Salsa Verde.

Meanwhile, shoppers at other retailers will be able to indulge in Red Trout with Salsa Verde; Salmon with Maple Mustard; Shrimp with...

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VIDEO: Tariff Impact on Lobster; Siluriformes Recalled; November Gulf Shrimp Landings and More

Watch the latest Seafood News Weekly Recap with host Amanda Buckle. This week on the video we talk about the impact of the China tariffs on lobster imports; the USDA's recall of siluriformes products; November 2018 Gulf Shrimp Landings; and the latest attack on Sea Shepherd. 

This video is sponsored by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, now the premier event for the seafood industry. The executive conference, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from April 28th to the 30th, is expanding this year...

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Total FDA Refusals Increase Over 48% in January 2019

Total refusals of shipments increased 48.3% from January 2018 to January 2019. Year-to-date there are 175 line item refusals compared to 118 at this time last year.

Snapper had the biggest YTD increase in January, with 71 line item refusals compared to 3 at this time last year; a 2266.7% increase. Tilapia refusals also increased, with 16 line item refusals YTD compared to 4 last year YTD. That’s a 300% increase. Shrimp increased 52.4%, with 32 line item refusals YTD compared to...

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