Blue Marble Productions to Open New State-of-the-Art Canning Facility This Month

Blue Marble Productions to Open New State-of-the-Art Canning Facility This Month

Blue Marble Productions to Open New State-of-the-Art Canning Facility This Month

Blue Marble Productions – October 6, 2020

Blue Marble Productions, Inc., based in Indianapolis, IN is scheduled to start operations in their new state-of-the-art 181,000 square foot canning facility this month. Already canning alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for some of the biggest companies in the world, Blue Marble has made significant investments to execute on their strategy for accelerated growth. 

As the beverage industry is pivoting to more sustainable packaging solutions and adapting to the increasing consumer demand for convenience, companies with canning expertise like Blue Marble are on the rise. Yet today, while many companies are struggling to scale fast enough to meet the growing market demands, Blue Marble Productions is forging ahead to fill a critical gap in the beverage industry by increasing much needed beverage canning services, and even offering options for outright purchase one of their production lines for larger customers wanting guaranteed production time.

Blue Marble Productions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Marble Cocktails, Inc., is currently producing its own line of nine “world’s best” award-winning ready-to-drink cocktails and four gold medal vodka seltzers, as well as co-packing and private labeling sparkling fruit juices, kombuchas, vitamin wellness drinks, canned waters, and other spirit based seltzers. Founder and CEO, Alan Miller, made the move in late 2019 to begin investing in a new team and facility to build production lines in 2020 capable of delivering over 450M cans with plans to expand and scale future production capacity to exceed over 1 Billion cans in 2021. Blue Marble Productions has a solid foundation and the expertise to manage everything from custom formulations and market trials to producing multi-million case volumes while continuing to develop, formulate, and co-pack for many of today’s industry leaders.

“We started with a clean slate and would not accept status quo on how facilities were designed or operated. We were a start-up operating like a Fortune 500 company, running SAP, hiring in-house PhDs to lead our formulary development, implementing GMP, and obtaining certifications like SQF, Kosher, Organic, etc… Now, we are making the natural next step towards being an industry leader in co-packing and product development. Expanding our footprint allows us to build another state-of-the-art production facility with plans for 6 lines and increasing our services and capabilities to include in-line sleeving, in-house microbiology, analytical testing, bulk liquid and ingredient storage, warehousing, and full 3PL services. Our expertise in slim/sleek sized cans (200ml, 250ml, and 355ml) requiring carbonation or nitrogen dosing was just the beginning, as we are now set-up to run 12oz and 16 oz industry-standard cans. I could not be prouder of the team we have put together and the products we produce!” said Miller.

In Q4 of 2020, Blue Marble plans to expand its current spirit-based alcohol production by adding malt and wine co-packing capabilities. That added capability is part of their continued expansion plans to include three additional co-packing lines scheduled for build-out in 2021.

“We are in an aggressive growth mode with the expertise, facility capabilities, and the room to scale at a time when the industry demand has truly outgrown its current canning capacity. While others are converting existing lines to stay relevant, we are building for the future. We understand the importance of guaranteed line-time with a co-packer that has the ability to produce a full range of alcohol and non-alcohol-based products and can scale production for growth. With the build out of our next 3 lines, we will add up to another 1.5+ Billion cans of production and provide co-pack customers three unique ways in which to secure their production for 2021 and beyond: (1) Purchase the next available planned line(s) within Blue Marble’s new facility; (2) Pre-pay for line time on our existing lines; (3) Schedule production time through our normal co-packing services. Blue Marble is not just another co-packer, but a full-service total canning solution for the beverage industry.” said President & COO, Brad Clatt.

Operating in its new state-of-the-art facility in October 2020, Blue Marble will leverage its expanded R&D services, in-house lab testing, increased production capacity, additional can sleeving services, expanded packaging services and full 3PL services to provide customers an end-to-end solution from incubation to mass-scale production to grow their brands.

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2020 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION

2020 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION

2020 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION

August 20, 2020

Mojito Awarded Gold and Ready-To-Drink Cocktail Of The Year.

This year’s 11th annual New York International Spirits Competition was held virtually in New York City. There were 1,200 submissions that included over 30 countries and 60 categories to be judged by working trade buyers from the NYC Metro Area including restauranteurs, sommeliers, retail spirits buyers, distributors, and importers. Being recognized for a premium cocktail right now, amongst other established brands, when the ready-to-drink category is so popular just validates that people want a real cocktail. Blue Marble’s mojito is the right balance of sweet mint, lime juice and ultra-premium vodka. We removed all the fuss so you can just enjoy life.

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Keeping the Blue Marble Blue

Keeping the Blue Marble Blue

Keeping the Blue Marble Blue

August 2, 2020

The Tahoe Fund is a non-profit that was formed to help preserve the Tahoe Basin, promote outdoor recreation, and encourage environmental conservation. The projects that the fund promotes include but are not limited to creating mountain-biking trails, erecting nature-based amphitheaters, eliminating invasive species, preserving the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe, and contributing to fire restoration projects.

In the summer, they celebrated their 10-year anniversary of the creation of the Tahoe Fund, Blue Marble is proud to have participated in the event with other like-minded partners and philanthropists by contributing in-kind donation of cocktails to support the fund.  This donation will help raise to support the Tahoe Fund’s initiatives and it is part of our ongoing commitment to safeguarding our environment and keeping the blue marble blue.  What a fun and tasty way to celebrate the organization and enjoy the planet while sipping on the best ingredients sourced from mother earth in a recyclable can. For more information about how you can get involved with the Tahoe Fund visit https://www.tahoefund.org.

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BevSource: Revolutionizing The World of Premium Cocktails, One Can at a Time

BevSource: Revolutionizing The World of Premium Cocktails, One Can at a Time

Revolutionizing The World of Premium Cocktails, One Can at a Time

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BevSource – June 12, 2020

A part of our Beverage Business Breakthrough Series, featuring stories, advice, and insights from beverage entrepreneurs who’ve broken down barriers to reach remarkable goals.

Imagine building a line of ready-to-drink cocktails, hard seltzers, spirits, a co-packing manufacturing business from the ground up, getting the largest distributor in the world to carry your products, and winning countless gold medals, including “World’s Best Pre-Mixed Cocktail.” Now picture accomplishing all of that with no prior beverage industry experience. Alan Miller, Founder, and Danyelle Rabine, Co-founder of Blue Marble Cocktails and Blue Marble Productions, are proof that passion for your product and smart business practices can turn obstacles into beverage building opportunities.

In Search of a Better Cocktail

A successful entrepreneur in the medical technology space, Miller’s journey into the beverage industry started when he couldn’t find a flavorful ready-to-drink cocktail.

“Danyelle and I just wanted a great-tasting cocktail we could easily serve to our friends on our boat,” says Miller. “We couldn’t find anything that wasn’t watered down, loaded with sugar, or poorly packaged.”

For Miller and Rabine, the gap in convenient cocktail options signaled an opportunity worth investigating. They spent a year researching the market to learn what it would take to be successful. They met with flavor houses and co-packers and worked on costing and business models. As they learned more about the intricacies of the beverage industry, they quickly realized what they needed to do to launch a successful product.

“The vision behind Blue Marble is to be a company that stands out with premium, all-natural ingredients, and superior products that help make the world a better place through our “keep the blue marble blue” donation program,” says Miller.

Beginning with The End in Mind

With the vision in place, Miller set out to gather his team and get investors. While looking for the right investors Miller invested himself personally and still owns nearly 68% of the company’s stock. Having skin in the game was one of the most important considerations he has for success. From his success in his previous businesses, he knew he needed people with established relationships for distribution and on-premise and off-premise sales. He also needed an exit strategy. It may seem counterintuitive to think about exiting when you’re just starting, but Miller explains why it’s essential for success.

“Having an exit strategy is like plugging in the address of your destination before you leave on a trip,” he says. “Once you know where you’re going, you can estimate how long it will take and measure how decisions will impact your journey.”

Miller has been open about his plan to build Blue Marble nationally and eventually position it for a buyout to expand globally.

Blue Marble curated a staff of industry experts with backgrounds in areas like product development, ingredient procurement, and distribution, as well as leaders from outside the beverage world who could bring in a fresh perspective.

“I don’t care about what’s been done in the past unless it’s applied to what consumers want now,” says Miller, who worked with his in-house PhD and Purdue University to formulate cocktails with ingredients like real lime concentrate. “We knew that with enough passion, talent, and bandwidth, we could navigate the challenges and end up with a dynamite product. And we wouldn’t settle for anything less.”

If You Can’t Find It, Build It

With distribution contracts in place from day one, the biggest challenge Blue Marble faced early-on was finding a facility with the quality standards and capacity to produce the product. When Miller reached out to find co-packers who could package his eight flavors into 200ml cans, he realized that the manufacturing partner he needed might not exist.

“The facilities I reached out to couldn’t do what we needed without a substantial upfront investment in building a new line,” says Miller. “There were canning lines for low-volume production, and there was high-volume capacity, running 1,000 cans per minute for companies like Molson Coors. There really wasn’t anything in between.”

So, Miller set out to build out a canning line in 60 days. He went to Pack Expo and bought machines and materials off the show floor. Blue Marble Productions started small with a 35,000 square foot facility producing 600 cases on a “big” day. But soon, they began receiving requests from other companies for 200ml – 355 ml cans. They upgraded the line and can now produce 350 cans per minute with the flexibility to easily switch between can-type and end-packaging.

“Consumers are changing,” says Miller. “It’s not just Coke and Pepsi in the running. This is the era of craft beverages and cocktails. Companies need more options to meet demand efficiently.”

Canning Gets an Upgrade

Starting a manufacturing company wasn’t originally in the plans. Still, Miller quickly saw the opportunity to bring his background producing medical-grade lasers to create a highly-technical and extremely flexible beverage manufacturing facility.

In addition to incorporating world-class practices in traceability, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, and accounting, Blue Marble Productions uses automation to advance beverage manufacturing innovation.

“We’ve gone outside the industry to look at robots, lasers, high-speed cameras, and other technology to improve efficiency and maximize output and quality,” says Miller. “We’re looking at everything to see how we can do it better with more flexibility and less cost.”

The company is also helping brands become more sustainable by reducing waste and introducing non-plastic packaging options like biodegradable, edible trays, and cornstarch wrap.

Blue Marble Productions is already producing for some of the top beverage companies in the world and bringing more processes in-house every day. From managing ingredients and packaging to label design, the ultimate goal is to make premium products more affordable by offering one-stop beverage production.

“I see Blue Marble Productions as a place where Google meets canning,” says Miller. “We have a top-of-the-line facility and a fun environment. We offer premium wages and creative incentives like corn-hole, go-kart racing, and tastings. Even as a relatively small company, we’re attracting top talent.”

What’s Next for Blue Marble

For Miller, it’s all about expansion. The new Blue Marble Productions facility (opening this summer) is 181,000 square feet and has enough room to house six complete lines including can sleeving, pasteurization, in-house batching, in-house laboratory testing, and 3PL services. Blue Marble is already canning alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including sparkling/still water, energy drinks, kombuchas, spiked/hard seltzers, and of course, ready-to-drink cocktails. “We want to offer turnkey services to our co-packing clients including private labeling so we can lower their overall cost and give them more of a competitive pricing strategy to their distributors/retailers and ultimately the consumer. If we can help them be successful it means we are more successful,” says Miller. He’s excited about growing Blue Marble’s line of premium products, advancing its support of global conservation and environmental initiatives, and inspiring others.

Blue Marble’s line of beverages has already been expanded to include nine RTDs, four vodka-based hard seltzers, and their own ultra-premium vodka.

“With the onset of COVID-19 we have been approached by restaurants, bars, and more on-premise businesses like arenas, and golf courses, seeking a solution for no-touch or one-touch cocktail service for their patrons.

I am passionate about learning everything I can to advance the brand and our mission,” says Miller. “I want to use what I know and learn to help others succeed. So many people have helped me on my journey, and I am always looking for ways to pay it forward.”

As for advice for aspiring beverage entrepreneurs-Miller says it’s all about passion. “Be fully immersed in whatever you do and make sure you plan on having at least double the money for whatever is in your business plan,” Miller says. “There are no quick wins, but if you believe in what you’re doing and are passionate about it, that will carry you through.”

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Spoon University "Enjoy Virtual Happy Hour With Blue Marble's Pre-Mixed Cocktails" story

Spoon University "Enjoy Virtual Happy Hour With Blue Marble's Pre-Mixed Cocktails" story

Enjoy Virtual Happy Hour With Blue Marble's Pre-Mixed Cocktails

Spoon University – May 30, 2020

By Casey Clark

Raise your hand if you miss going to the bar on a Friday night? Well if you did, then you’re not alone. This quarantine has many people, myself included, missing their weekly social activities. As a way to maintain a sense of normalcy during this crazy time, more people are turning to ‘virtual happy hours’ to socialize and enjoy their favorite cocktails. While that sounds fun, making cocktails can be messy and time consuming, but Blue Marble is here to help.

Blue Marble's Pre-Made Cocktails

Blue Marble offers nine all-natural cocktails and four spiked seltzer flavors. Blue Marble’s drinks come pre-mixed, so there is not need to worry about not having all of the ingredients or making a mess in your tiny apartment or dorm room. The cocktails are made with natural juices, handmade sweet syrups and premium spirits distilled in-house. At 15 percent ABV, Blue Marble’s cocktails make it easier than ever to let loose and relax.

Blue Marble Cocktail Offerings:

Spiked Seltzers: Tropical Retreat, Pure Love, Citrus Joy, Berry Bliss

Marble-rita: Ultra-Premium Tequila, Handcrafted Triple Sec, and All-Natural Lime Juice

Moscow Mule: Ultra-Premium Vodka, Ginger Beer, All-Natural Lime Juice

Greyhound: Made with Ultra-Premium Vodka, and All-Natural Grapefruit Juice

Cosmo: Ultra-Premium Vodka, Handcrafted Triple Sec, All-Natural Cranberry Juice, All-Natural Lime Juice

Mojito: Ultra-Premium Rum, Natural Mint Flavor, and All-Natural Lime Juice

Coconut Island: Ultra-Premium Rum, All-Natural Pineapple Juice, All-Natural Lime Juice, All-Natural Coconut

Bloody Mary: Ultra-Premium Vodka All-Natural Tomato Juice, and All-Natural Spices

Screwdriver: Ultra-Premium Vodka, and All-Natural Orange Juice

Vodka Soda: Ultra-Premium Vodka, All-Natural Lime Juice, and Soda Water

Where To Buy Blue Marble's Pre-Made Cocktails

To find out where Blue Marble’s pre-mixed cocktails are available near you, check out product locator. Stay connected with Blue Marble by following the brand on Facebook and Instagram.

Please remember to drink responsibly.

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Forbes gives an inside look to how Blue Marble created nine ready-to-drink cocktail.

Forbes gives an inside look to how Blue Marble created nine ready-to-drink cocktail.

Forbes gives an inside look to how Blue Marble created nine ready-to-drink cocktails.

Forbes photo of Blue Marble cocktails

Forbes – May 5, 2020

By Katie Chang

I love cocktails, but there’s a big difference between bouncing over to The Commodore (my local watering hole) to knock back a few – and attempting to recreate that experience while sheltering at home during COVID-19.

 

For starters: I’m a lazy drinker. While I appreciate the boom of DIY cocktail content – and as much as I miss having a freshly-made libation in front of my face – I have zero interest in putting together an elaborate bar setup in my apartment. Not only is it time-consuming, it’s expensive. (And doesn’t spending excessive cash at the moment ring a little tone deaf?) Also, I’ve never been a fan of fussy drinks (or food, for that matter). While potent potables involving far-flung ingredients, rare spirits, and esoteric techniques have their staunch supporters, I’m not among them. So, after weeks of drinking cheap and readily available red wine and canned beer at home, I started craving something more – but something simple and straightforward, too.

Co-founded in 2015 by Alan Miller and Danyelle Rabine, Blue Marble specializes in premium, pre-mixed cocktails at a wallet-friendly price. Though the category is especially flourishing right now (thanks to the hard seltzer craze), the company has quietly been doing things the right way from the beginning. “Danyelle and I started Blue Marble because we wanted an all-natural, ready-to-drink cocktail that wasn’t watered down, but couldn’t find it anywhere,” explains Miller. 

It all begins with ingredients. Blue Marble cocktails are made with just three things: natural fruit juices, handmade syrups to sweeten, and quality spirits made in-house. In addition: the brand’s vodka – which is distilled a whopping ten times for a super-smooth finish – and gin are also available for purchase. The company’s hard seltzers, too, leave the competition in the dust by using its own vodka (rather than a malt base), and clocking in at just 95 calories per serving.

To dispel the myth that ready-made drinks don’t deliver the same punch as just-made ones, every cocktail contains 15% alcohol by volume. Just open, and pour over ice. But while Blue Marble endorses having a good time, it’s also acutely aware of the business it’s in. “Because we’re an alcohol company, promoting responsible drinking is extremely important to us,” says Miller.

As for the flavors, there’s nine of them, with a focus on the classic and tried-and-true. Marble-rita is Blue Marble’s spin on the margarita, while vodka fans have plenty to flip for, including a Moscow Mule, Cosmo, and Bloody Mary. And the rum-based mojito and Coconut Island will have you drifting off to a sunny, tropical destination after a single sip. Though the 200 milliliter cans are convenient if you’re drinking at home solo these days, they’ll come in just as handy when everyone’s out and about again (think tailgates, pools, even planes).

But most important: how do they taste? “As many companies looked to improve margins, we looked to give consumers an experience: the ‘wow’ factor,” says Miller. “When we compete in taste tests against other brands, participants always ask about what we use to set us apart. We truly believe that tasting is believing.” Need more proof? Then look no further than Blue Marble’s best-selling Bloody Mary, which was voted the World’s Best Ready to Drink Cocktail at the 2019 World Premix Awards in London.

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LUX Magazine Announces The Winners of the 2019 Food & Drink Awards

LUX Magazine Announces The Winners of the 2019 Food & Drink Awards

LUX Magazine Announces The Winners of the 2019 Food & Drink Awards

LUX awards

United Kingdom – December 9, 2019

LUXlife magazine announces the winners of the 2019 Food & Drink Awards. Over recent years, the Food & Drink industry has seen a new wave of sectors burst into the market and influence the way eat, drink and enjoy our favorite cuisines. From the prevalence of specialty eating practices and diets companies working within the food and drink industry are working harder than ever to facilitate the diverse and evolving demands of millions of individuals worldwide. In addition to commending the businesses which continue demonstrating a high level of culinary excellence by serving some of the most sumptuous cocktails and dishes, the Food & Drink Awards pays homage to those who successfully cater to the varying lifestyles, tastes and choices of the modern-day consumer by bringing new and innovative products to the table.

Commenting on the success of the awards programme, Coordinator Katherine Benton, stated: “Congratulations to all of my winners: 2019 has been an exciting and challenging year in this fast-paced market, and I am immensely proud of your success. Best of luck going forward!”

Blue Marble Cocktails was one of the beverage companies that prevailed being awarded: Best Variety of Premium Canned Cocktails. Alan Miller, CEO and Founder of Blue Marble said, “Such an honor to be recognized in our specific category. With all the pre-mixed cocktail companies out there, we truly strive to be always ultra-premium, all-natural, no artificial anything, and gluten free. Our flavors are accurately a variety and we are happy to be esteemed for it.”To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated establishments that have been selected for them, please visit https://www.lux-review.com/lux_awards/food-drink-awards where you can view our winners supplement and full winners list.

About LUXlife

Published quarterly, LUXlife informs readers on all aspects of high end lifestyle, including the finest, food and drink, hotels and resorts, health and beauty, automotive, jewelry, art and technology from around the world.

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SUNSET International Spirits Competition 2019

SUNSET International Spirits Competition 2019

SUNSET International Spirits Competition 2019

Moscow Mule Sunset award

Los Angeles, CA – November 27, 2019

Sunset Magazine was pleased to officially announce the results of the 2019 SUNSET International Spirits Competition, produced by Wine and Spirits Competition Management & Production.  SUNSET is the leading media brand of the Western lifestyle. Sunseta’s International Sprita’s Competition makes its winning spirits part of the most influential spirit program in the country. Its judges are some of the most experienced professionals in the country, including many Master Sommeliers, Buyers and Media. An esteemed panel of top tier judges’ asses the entries and awarded gold medals.

One of the Gold medals was awarded to Blue Marble for their Moscow Mule in their Blue Marble Cocktails line. Alan Miller CEO and Founder of Blue Marble stated, “Every time we win another medal it feels just as incredible as the first time we won one. This medal from Sunset International Spirits Competition is no different. It brings myself and the entire Blue Marble Team great joy to know all of the hard work day in and day out and caring about every single ingredient that is going into our recyclable can is being recognized. Thank you for this honor.”

All winners will be posted on Sunseta’s website, thedatastill.com and winecompetitions.com

About Sunset Magazine:

SUNSET magazine is committed to promoting its winners in ways that no other competition can. The SUNSET International Spirits Competition remains a tour de force with winners gaining top level exposure through its magazine. Be sure to look for the Jan. / Feb. 2020 issue of SUNSET magazine as it showcases this yeara’s winners!

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BLUE MARBLE TAKES OVER TV'S NATIONWIDE

BLUE MARBLE TAKES OVER TV'S NATIONWIDE

BLUE MARBLE TAKES OVER TV'S NATIONWIDE

American Sitcom Modern Family

Los Angeles, CA – November 12, 2019

Blue Marble Cocktails was recently spotted on the incredible American Sitcom Modern Family. The hit TV show first aired in 2009 and is now on its 11th and final season. Season 11 is where Blue Marble Cocktails in seen with main actor Ty Burrell.

Alan Miller, CEO and founder of Blue Marble said, “This is such an amazing time for Blue Marble and this is definitely the icing on the cake. To see the product, Blue Marble Cocktails, that myself and my family put so much into on Modern Family is a surreal moment for our family business. There has been so much passion and hard work put into everything we do and so much more is coming that we cannot wait to share.”

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CHAMPION OF THE YEAR GALA

CHAMPION OF THE YEAR GALA

BLUE MARBLE TAKES OVER TV'S NATIONWIDE

CHAMPION OF THE YEAR GALA

Las Vegas, NV – November 9, 2019
6 PM – 10 PM
Caesars Palace, Augustus Ballroom


Champion of the Year is an annual fundraising competition organized by the Best Buddies staff, Event Committee and Advisory Board, featuring a select group of individuals, professionals and community leaders prominent in the community. These philanthropic trailblazers compete to raise the most funds for Best Buddies and earn the ultimate title of Champion of the Year.

By reaching out to the community to raise funds and spread awareness, candidates champion for Best Buddies, our mission, and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout.
Following the twelve-week campaign, Best Buddies will recognize the candidate who has raised the largest amount in donations at the annual Champion of the Year Gala. By definition, that candidate will have surpassed all rivals in the competition; and therefore, becomes a champion. He or she will aptly receive the title of Champion of the Year! Blue Marble Cocktails will be a part of this incredible charity event.

Alan Miller, CEO and Founder of Blue Marble stated, “We are a family owned and operated business so with that we love to be involved in our local communities. Las Vegas has been so welcoming to us, so it is our honor to give back to a cause that means so much to Las Vegas. Our biggest hope is to inspire other individuals to get involved in their local communities. No matter how big or small involvement can be it all helps.”

About Best Buddies:
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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