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18/02/2018 10:08 PM
Beer writer Pete Brown & Radio 2 presenter Nigel Barden lined up for BeerX UK 2018

BeerX UK 2018 (Liverpool) Keynote Speaker & Award Presenters revealed BeerX UK organiser, the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), has today announced that BBC Radio 2 presenter Nigel Barden and famed beer writer Pete Brown will both play important roles at this year’s prestigious event, which will be hosted at their new venue, Liverpool’s Exhibition […]

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13/02/2018 04:50 AM
Want to put your beer in cans? Here’s how

Canned beers are hot stuff right now. They are loved by consumers everywhere, they are trendy, convenient and their bold designs make them stand out on the shelf. The latest research from Nielsen shows that sales of canned craft beer increased by 327% from January to August 2017 alone – and now already account for […]

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12/02/2018 10:40 PM
Call for brewers to join in with ‘Independents Day’

The Cheshire Brewhouse, led by brewer and SIBA North West Director Shane Swindells, will this February 24th be running ‘Independents Day’ at the brewery and is encouraging other independent craft brewers across the UK to join in with the event by running brewery tours and open days. The Cheshire Brewhouse will be running an open day […]

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09/02/2018 12:19 AM
The Imbibe Live Lager Challenge in association with SIBA is open for entries

To help unearth Britain’s best lager, Imbibe Live is teaming up with the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) to launch The Lager Challenge. Lager in Britain is having its turn in the spotlight. For generations a speciality of our European neighbours and cousins across the Atlantic, today British brewers are just as likely to be […]

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07/02/2018 11:45 PM
SIBA’s Mike Benner comments on Q4 beer sale figures from BBPA

Commenting on the Q4 beer figures from the BBPA, SIBA Chief Executive Mike Benner said: “The 0.7% increase in overall beer sales is good news for the craft beer sector. Bottles and cans continue to be strong and these figures are a timely reminder to our members who are considering canning and bottling. But the […]

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31/01/2018 02:30 AM
Entry deadline extended for SIBA Business Awards 2018

The entry deadline for the SIBA Business Awards 2018 has been extended in an effort to allow as many businesses as possible to enter the prestigious awards. The awards, which were due to close for entries today 31st January but will now be open until the 16th February, seek to congratulate excellence in the brewing […]

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24/01/2018 12:15 AM
‘Kegstar’ and ‘Star Pubs & Bars’ announced as BeerX UK 2018 Main Headline Sponsors

The UK’s biggest craft brewing trade show, SIBA BeerX UK 2018, has today announced their Main Headline Sponsors as smart keg and cask rental company Kegstar and pub and bar company Star Pubs & Bars. Organised by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), the event last year recorded its biggest attendance ever and will this […]

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23/01/2018 09:33 PM
SIBA comments on the proposed merger of ALMR and BHA to form UKHospitality

Mike Benner, Chief Executive of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) said:  “The proposed merger of these two bodies to create UKHospitality will create an immensely powerful voice for the hospitality sector.  UK craft beer plays an important role in the hospitality sector and we know retailers that offer it to consumers are often more profitable […]

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22/01/2018 11:00 PM
Castle Rock Brewery re-brands Elsie Mo

Nottingham-based Castle Rock Brewery is to re-brand Elsie Mo, one of its longest-standing ales and its second biggest-selling core brew. After extensive discussion, the need for change was agreed in January and the new design presents a homage to the women pilots of World War II, and the war effort at large. First brewed in […]

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19/01/2018 12:00 AM
Wild Card Brewery’s Jaega Wise joins SIBA as Director

Brewer Jaega Wise of Wild Card Brewery in East London has been made a SIBA South East Elected Director, for the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), following an election at the organisations South East AGM. The SIBA South East Region, which includes Greater London and has around 150 brewery members, voted Jaega in as a […]

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03/01/2018 09:44 PM
SIBA Business Awards 2018 to take place in Liverpool during BeerX

Entry deadline: 31st January 2018 The SIBA Business Awards 2018 will take place during the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) flagship event ‘BeerX UK’, which will for the first time take place at the ‘Exhibition Centre Liverpool’ in March 2018. The awards, which have a fast approaching entry deadline of the 31st January, seek to […]

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21/12/2017 02:37 AM
SIBA congratulate Brewers Association (US) on securing ‘Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act’

“SIBA would like to congratulate the Brewers Association for their achievement in securing tax relief for Americas independent craft brewers. The positive effects of Small Brewers Relief are still evident in the UK some 15 years after it was enacted and it is excellent to see the Government, on both sides of the Atlantic, supporting […]

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20/12/2017 11:50 PM
Atlas Packaging help to facilitate St.Austell Brewery re-brand

St Austell Brewery have recently unveiled new bottle designs and logos for its Tribute, Korev and Proper Job beers in the UK. Atlas Packaging has helped to facilitate this by developing bespoke packaging suitable for the new range of bottles. Mark Leverton, Sales Director and Key Account Manager for St. Austell Brewery said: “Re-visiting the […]

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15/12/2017 12:09 AM
(US) Brewers Association: 2017 Craft Beer in Review

Strong brewery growth, increased beer tourism and the launch of the independent craft brewer seal—with more than 2,700 craft brewers signed on—were all part of a watershed year for craft beer in 2017. The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—looks back on the defining beer moments of the […]

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15/12/2017 12:01 AM
Fierce Beer, Aberdeen Brewery, Launch £60,000 Crowdfunding Campaign To Open Aberdeen’s Home Town Brewery Bar.

Fierce Beer have launched a crowdfunding drive to open a bar in their home town of Aberdeen, the campaign went live at 10 am this morning, Friday 15th December 2017. A target of £60,000 has been sent to raise money for the project, which see will the local business to fit out and open their 20 tap craft […]

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07/12/2017 09:58 PM
Joule’s Brewery Announcement: Crown Wharf Stone Purchased

Joule’s Brewery is pleased to confirm today that it has now acquired land adjacent to the Trent and Mersey canal as it passes through Stone town centre.  The plot is known as Crown Wharf and was a part of the original Joule’s Brewery warehouse operation when the company exported Stone Ales from Liverpool docks around […]

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07/12/2017 09:49 PM
Dartmoor Brewery Launches Online Shop for Craft Ale Fans

Leading South West craft ale producer Dartmoor Brewery has launched a new online shop to cater for the Christmas shopping rush. The new online shop has been launched in response to demand from craft ale fans across the country, who have discovered Dartmoor Brewery ales as the Devon brewery increasingly markets its craft ales to […]

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07/12/2017 09:43 PM
Pimping up the Pump Clips – York Brewery is in Great Shape for the New Year!

York Brewery unveils new heptagonal beer badges. Quirky, eye-catching contours of a rounded heptagon were chosen to represent the seven ingredients of brewing; Water, Barley, Hops, Yeast, Knowledge, Passion, and Fortune. Sitting pretty on the bar, the unique shape of the pump clips and bold type style were designed to make York Brewery beers easily […]

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04/12/2017 03:16 AM
SIBA purchases majority shareholding in Flying Firkin Distribution Ltd

The Society of independent Brewers (SIBA) has purchased a majority shareholding in Flying Firkin Distribution Ltd (FFD) as part of its commercial strategy to develop routes to market opportunities for its 850 craft brewery members. FFD has been a specialist distributor of craft cask ale for over 25 years, based in Colne (Lancashire), and has been instrumental in creating and sustaining […]

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30/11/2017 11:16 PM
Photo Gallery: ‘Craft Beer Experience’ by SIBA at the European Pizza & Pasta Show 2017

This year for the first time ever the European Pizza & Pasta Show included ‘The Craft Beer Experience’ in association with the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA). As well as an exciting craft beer bar where delegates could try award-winning beers by independent brewers from across the UK, SIBA also curated the content for the ‘Craft Beer Experience Live’ theatre, which featured […]

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29/11/2017 10:36 PM
Justin Hawke named British Guild of Beer Writers’ ‘Brewer of the Year 2017’

Justin Hawke, Head Brewer at Moor Beer Co in Bristol, was last night named the British Guild of Beer Writers’ ‘Brewer of the Year 2017’. SIBA Chief Executive Mike Benner attended the annual awards dinner in London and had this to say on Justin’s win, “On behalf of SIBA I would like to offer huge congratulations […]

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22/11/2017 01:53 AM
Good news for independent brewers in Autumn Budget 2017

“SIBA’s 850 brewery members will be delighted by the Chancellor’s announcement that he will freeze beer duty in this Budget, recognising the important role of the Great British pub. This is great news for brewers, pubs and consumers alike. We’d now like to see the Chancellor go further and commit to a freeze in beer […]

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10/11/2017 01:34 AM
‘Craft Beer Experience’ schedule for the European Pizza & Pasta Show 2018 revealed

Craft beer is the most exciting and value adding development within the drinks industry in decades, but are restaurants making the most of the consumer trend towards independent craft-brewed beers? This year for the first time ever the European Pizza & Pasta Show will include ‘The Craft Beer Experience’ in association with the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA). As well as an […]

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02/11/2017 11:24 PM
Backyard Brewhouse & Thornbridge named best brewers in Midlands at SIBA Independent Beer Awards

Backyard Brewhouse in Walsall and Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell have taken home the two top spots at the SIBA Midlands Independent Beer Awards, taking home overall Gold in the cask and small pack competitions respectively. The prestigious awards, run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), held at Nottingham Rugby Club prior to their beer […]

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27/10/2017 03:33 AM
Robinsons win 20 prestigious beer awards

2017 has been a remarkably successful year for independent family brewers, Robinsons Brewery, who have recently won no less than 20 esteemed awards for their range of excellent quality beers. From the liquids to the branding and design, Robinsons’ ales have created quite an impression in the drinks industry. Gill Yates, Brands Manager for Robinsons […]

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27/10/2017 03:23 AM
Lacons Brewery Teams up with Renowned Blues Festival

Lacons Brewery has teamed up the Fine City Blues Festival for a ‘Tap Takeover & Blues’ event at The Lawyer in Norwich on Sunday 29th October. The Fine City Blues Festival, now in its 4th year, is running from Thursday 19th to Sunday 29th October and offers pub goers the chance to catch many talented […]

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27/10/2017 03:01 AM
Exeter Chiefs and Otter Brewery Line Up together for the 2017 Poppy Appeal

England’s reigning Premiership Rugby champions and one of Devon’s leading breweries are joining forces to help raise money for this year’s Poppy Appeal. Building on a strong relationship that pre-dates their promotion to top flight rugby, Exeter Rugby Club and long-time sponsor Otter Brewery are hoping fans will get behind their combined efforts and raise […]

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27/10/2017 01:56 AM
SIBA Members call on MPs to speak in Parliamentary debate on taxation of beer & pubs

Mike Wood MP, Chairman of the Beer all party Parliamentary group and SIBA supporter, has secured a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday 31 October at 2.30pm for MPs to debate the taxation of beer and pubs. SIBA Members will be lobbying their MPs ahead of the important debate, and ahead of the Government Budget on the 22 […]

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25/10/2017 11:55 PM
Free tickets for SIBA brewing members at BeerX UK 2018 in Liverpool

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), has today announced that all Full Brewing Members will receive a complimentary 2 day Delegate ticket for BeerX UK 2018, which takes place on the 14th & 15th March, at the Exhibition Centre, Liverpool. The trade association say the move is to encourage as many members as possible to […]

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25/10/2017 03:39 AM
The Royal Barn raises £1,500 from special Pennine Way beer sales

THE Royal Barn has raised £1,500 in just over two months, as part of an initiative with the Pennine Way National Trail. The Kirkby Lonsdale-based venue is one of the stockists of the special ale, Pennine Ambler, which was launched this summer in a joint initiative alongside two other breweries on the trail. From each […]

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23/10/2017 01:44 AM
Five Points Release “Green-Hop” Small Batch English Bitter In Cask!

A Bullion hop, green-hopped, small-batch English bitter. Launch Party: Fuggles Beer Cafe, 165 High Street, Tonbridge TN9 1BX, Kent Thursday 2nd November. The Five Points Brewing Company is celebrating cask ale brewing and our commitment to flavour, provenance and independence this Autumn. Our new Green-Hop Bitter is brewed with fresh, unprocessed Bullion hops picked straight […]

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20/10/2017 12:56 AM
Focus Feature: House of Trembling Madness – Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer (Single) 2017

Our ‘Focus Features’ aim to shine a light on the previous winners of SIBA’s Business Awards in the run up to the launch of the 2018 SIBA Business & Industry Awards on 1st November 2017. The House of Trembling Madness Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer (Single) 2017 In a marketplace where fantastic beer from around the […]

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20/10/2017 12:24 AM
Midlands Brewers Scrum Down For A Beer Competition and Festival at Nottingham Rugby Club

The Midlands Region of The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) are teaming up with Nottingham Rugby Club to host their very first independent beer competition and festival beginning Thursday 2nd November and running to Saturday 4th November 2017. The event is looking for volunteers to work at the festival: http://www.nottinghamrugby.co.uk/siba-beer-festival-bay/  SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, […]

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19/10/2017 03:54 AM
Registration Opens for 2018 World Beer Cup℠

Applications for “Olympics of Beer Competitions” open October 31- November 14 Brewery applications for the 2018 World Beer Cup will begin on Tuesday, October 31. Presented by the Brewers Association, the World Beer Cup, often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competitions,” is the most prestigious beer competition in the world and is held […]

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13/10/2017 01:28 AM
New Brewster at Brewster’s Brewery

Brewster’s Brewing Company are pleased to announce that Alice Batham has joined the Grantham based micro-brewery as Technical Brewer straight from Nottingham University after completing an MSc in Brewing. Said Sara Barton “I’m really pleased to find a person of Alice’s calibre who will care as much about the brewing of beer as I do. […]

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13/10/2017 01:25 AM
Hogs Back Brewery reaps rewards of hop garden investment

Hogs Back Brewery is reaping the rewards of planting its own hop garden next to the brewery in Farnham in Surrey as the price of imported varieties reaches an all-time high, fuelled by the weakness of sterling. Speaking at a ‘Hop Tales and Hop Tails’ event in London to celebrate the brewery’s third hop harvest […]

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13/10/2017 01:17 AM
Lacons launch ‘Spooktacular’ New Ale Phantom

Lacons Brewery have launched a new beer in time for Hallowe’en, which will be hitting pubs from next week. Lacons Phantom was originally brewed for Norwich Beer Festival in 2016 but after receiving so much great feedback for the ale, they decided to bring it into their seasonal calendar and make it available to pubs […]

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09/10/2017 02:56 AM
New SIBA Midlands Beer festival to run 2nd to 4th November at Nottingham Rugby Club

The Midlands Region of SIBA are proudly hosting their first independent craft brewer’s beer competition and festival, beginning 2nd November 2017 and running until 4th November 2017. The region has previously held their competition alongside a CAMRA beer festival but this year will deliver their own festival event in conjunction with Nottingham Rugby Club. With […]

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05/10/2017 11:44 PM
Focus Feature: We Brought Beer – Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer (Multiple) 2017

Our ‘Focus Features’ aim to shine a light on the previous winners of SIBA’s Business Awards in the run up to the launch of the 2018 SIBA Business & Industry Awards on 1st November 2017. We Brought Beer Best Independent Craft Beer Retailer (Multiple) 2017 The combination of fresh poured beer on tap to take […]

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04/10/2017 09:19 PM
Hogs Back celebrates hop harvest and 25th birthday Sun shines on brewer’s party for local community

Hogs Back Brewery staged a double celebration at its brewery in Tongham, near Farnham recently, marking both its third annual hop harvest and its 25th birthday with a one-day festival attended by more than 1,000 local residents, families, friends and members of the Tongham TEA Club Guests gathered at the brewery for a day of […]

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04/10/2017 08:47 PM
Hawkshead Brewery take home double Gold at SIBA North West Independent Beer Awards

Hawkshead Brewery in Cumbria have taken home the two top spots at the SIBA North West Independent Beer Awards, winning overall Gold in both the cask and small pack (bottle and can) competitions. The prestigious awards, run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and held at the Macron stadium in Bolton, are judged by […]

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29/09/2017 12:13 AM
Focus Feature: 360 Degrees Brewing Re-brand, Best Total Concept Design 2017

Our ‘Focus Features’ aim to shine a light on the previous winners of SIBA’s Business Awards in the run up to the launch of the 2018 SIBA Business & Industry Awards on 1st November 2017. 360 Degrees Brewing Best Total Concept Design 2017 In one of the most hotly contested categories, 360 Degree Brewing were […]

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25/09/2017 11:00 PM
St Austell brewery chooses Drink-IT to drive growth and improve efficiency

St Austell Brewery has chosen Drink-IT to address the constant changes and challenges within the brewing industry and to support its continued long-term growth. St Austell Brewery is on a growth journey, and recognised that their current infrastructure and operational processes need to be reinvented to support their growing, dynamic business. They knew that intelligent […]

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25/09/2017 10:21 PM
Case Study: TT Optimal develop direct keg filler solution for Pilot Brewery

Until recently the majority of smaller craft brewers have sold their beer predominantly in casks. Beer in cask has is very much seen as the traditional method getting beer to market and has the smallest requirement in terms of capital equipment. In recent years kegs have become available to ‘hire’ on a per use basis […]

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25/09/2017 10:01 PM
Budget reverse osmosis unit cleans up brewery production

Steam boiler manufacturer, CFB Boilers, has launched a budget-friendly reverse osmosis unit, the BoilerRO, which is capable of achieving almost 100% purity of boiler feedwater for superior quality steam. Designed in Britain by CFB Boilers, the BoilerRO costs around half that of many comparable units, making reverse osmosis accessible to brewers that may previously have […]

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25/09/2017 09:18 PM
From QC to QA, how growing craft brewers can use data to maintain & improve quality & consistency

As Craft Breweries grow, the cost of poor quality & consistency increases, forcing you to collect more quality datapoints for ever larger production volumes. Paper & spreadsheet systems simply aren’t scalable, accurate or reliable. This short (20 minute) webinar will detail how Brewers: · Receive instant, relevant information on the performance of the brewing process […]

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21/09/2017 08:17 PM
Turpin Brewery & Tring Brewery named top Independent Brewers in East of England

Turpin Brewery in Cambridge and Tring Brewery in Hertfordshire have taken home the two top spots at the SIBA East Independent Beer Awards, taking home overall Gold in the cask and small pack competitions respectively. The prestigious awards, run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), held at Elgood’s Brewery in Wisbech prior to their […]

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20/09/2017 11:10 PM
Real Ale Helps Kentish Pip, Ikley Brewery and Magic Rock Gain National Profile through M&S

For the past ten years, Real Ale, the specialist craft beer retailer based in Twickenham and Little Venice, has been an official supplier agent to M&S. Real Ale helps the multi-national retailer source a range of beers and ciders from smaller craft and regional brewers and has recently been instrumental in launching two new own-label […]

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20/09/2017 09:33 PM
Four ways Craft Brewers can gain QA wins

Any commercial craft brewer would say they care about quality (if you’re a craft brewer and disagree with this statement, please let me know so that I can stop drinking your beer). But let’s dissect that a little. What does your quality assurance scheme achieve? What does it tell you? And what would you like […]

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19/09/2017 10:21 PM
SIBA Members invited to ‘Beer Matters’ event with Garrett Oliver

10% off delegate ticket price for SIBA Members Beer Matters, the new trade show and conference for the business of brewing takes place in Edinburgh next week and organisers are in the final stages of preparing for a full day of networking, discussion and debate. With the trade show now sold out to 30 exhibitors […]

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