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    November 16th, 2017adminCoffee News, World Opinion
    The coffee industry needed a big capital and comprehensive solutions to increase output and product quality. — Photo lehoicaphe.com

    The coffee industry needed a big capital and comprehensive solutions to increase output and product quality. — Photo lehoicaphe.com

    Hanoi :

    The coffee industry should improve output, quality and added value for an export turnover target of US$6 billion by 2030, said Lương Văn Tự, chairman of Việt Nam Coffee and Cocoa Association.

    Tự told the press meeting to introduce the first Việt Nam Coffee Day held in Hà Nội on Tuesday that the coffee industry has been growing impressively over the past three decades. Việt Nam’s coffee output made up just 1 per cent of world market shares in 1991, but that figure rose to nearly 20 per cent in the 2015-16 crop year.

    However, the industry has been affected by climate changes. Last year, the sector suffered the most severe drought in the past 30 years. Meanwhile, the areas of old coffee trees, which need to re-plant in the next five years, was up to 160,000 ha. The re-farming progress has been slow in the Central Highlands region.

    He said the industry should make great efforts to fulfil two main targets including maintaining its place as the second biggest producer and exporter of coffee beans in the world and stepping up the processing of instant and roasted coffee. These aim to increase export value from the current $3 billion to $6 billion by 2030.

    The chairman added that the coffee industry needed a big capital and comprehensive solutions to increase output and product quality.

    “If the investment speed in instant and roasted coffees is faster, time to meet the $6 billion target would be shortened. Currently, many foreign groups have been investing in Việt Nam’s coffee industry due to its abundant material areas and preferential tax,” he said.

    For example, Indian Tata Coffee Limited invested in an instant coffee processing plant with a total investment of $60 million in the southern province of Bình Dương.

    The organiser of Việt Nam Coffee Day said the first event is scheduled to take place in Đà Lạt City in the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng from December 9-11.

    The event, featuring many products of Việt Nam’s famous coffee localities nationwide, is described as an opportunity to promote products to domestic and international consumers, raising the value of Vietnamese goods in the international market.

    An international conference on the development of the coffee sector is scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the event, with the participation of representatives from coffee-producing countries and the International Coffee Organisation (ICO). — VNS

    source: http://www.vietnamnews.vn / Vietnam News / Home> Vietnam News> Economy / November 15th, 2017

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    November 8th, 2017adminCoffee News, World Opinion

    With effect from 07 November 2017

    The board of Tata Coffee at its meeting held on 07 November 2017 considered the following –

    T. Radhakrishnan, currently Executive Director would relocate to Vietnam as Managing Director of Tata Coffee Vietnam Co, WOS of the Company from 1 April 2018.

    TCVCL is in the process of setting up a 5000 MT Freeze Dried Coffee Plant in Vietnam.

    Consequent to the above, the Board has accepted the resignation of T. Radhakrishnan as Executive Director, with effect from 7th November 2017.

    The Board of Directors approved the appointment of L. Krishnakumar as an Additional (Non-Executive) Director of the Company, with immediate effect.

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    source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> News-CM> Companies> News / Capital Markets / November 07th, 2017

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    (Picture Courtesy: ATP World Tour Twitter handle)

    (Picture Courtesy: ATP World Tour Twitter handle)

    New Delhi :

    In a memorable day for Indian tennis, Rohan Bopanna won the Erste Bank Open title in Vienna with Pablo Cuevas while the team of Saketh Myneni and Vijay Sundar Prashanth clinched the Vietnam Open trophy at the Ho Chi Minh City.

    However, Divij Sharan and his partner Scott Clayton ended runners-up at the Brest Challenger event in France, preventing what could have been an incredible as well as unique culmination to the week for the Indian players on the circuit.

    In Vienna, unseeded Bopanna and Cuevas saved two match points before prevailing 7-6(7), 6-7(4), 11-9 over Sam Querrey and Marcelo Demoliner.

    Bopanna and Cuevas were down 7-9 in the deciding super tie-breaker but saved both the match points to win the title.

    It was third title of the season for Bopanna, having won Chennai Open (with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan) and Monte Carlo Masters (with Cuevas).

    In Vietnam, the unseeded Indian pair of Myneni and Vijay Prashanth quelled the challenge of the Japanese combination of Go Soeda and Ben Mclachlan 7-6(3), 7-6(5) in the summit clash of the $50,000 event.

    It was first title of the season for Myneni and maiden Challenger level trophy for Prashanth.

    “It was a great week. We combined well and enjoyed ourselves. I still feel I have something left in singles but definitely I will focus on doubles too,” Prashanth said.

    Myneni, who has missed most part of the season due to injuries and has slipped to 724 in singles, was also asked if he would shift focus on doubles but he responded with a cryptic reply.

    “Still the same plan as before, nothing has changed with me,” he said, indicating that he still have singles in mind.

    Divij Sharan and his British partner Scott Clayton ended runners-up at the Brest Challenger following a 4-6, 5-7 defeat against Sander Arends and Antonio Sancic.

    After losing the opening set, Sharan and Clayton led the second set 5-3 but lost four games in a row to lose the title clash.

    It was second consecutive final for Sharan, having won the European Open (ATP 250 event) with Scott Lipsky last week in Antwerp, Belgium.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> Sports News> Tennis News / PTI / October 29th, 2017

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    October 27th, 2017adminBusiness & Economy, World Opinion
    Nepal to participate at the upcoming World Tea and Coffee Expo 2017 in Mumbai

    Nepal to participate at the upcoming World Tea and Coffee Expo 2017 in Mumbai

    New Delhi (KNN) :

    The Nepal National Tea & Coffee Development Board is looking forward to participate at the Mumbai World Tea Coffee Expo (WTCE) 2017 with the board locking up an exclusive pavilion at the 5th edition of the export scheduled for November this year.

    The organizing committee in a press statement informed about the latest development.

    The Nepalese Tea comprising of CTC tea (black tea) and Orthodox tea (green tea) – is among the most popular commodities in the world due to its aroma and health benefits.

    Also Nepal exports more than 15,000 metric tons of tea every year to different parts of the world including India. India is the major export destination for tea from Nepal followed by Germany and Czech Republic, the release informed.

    The World Tea Coffee Expo in Mumbai attracts buyers from across the country and also from different parts of the world. It also receives significant footfall from allied industries including packaging, vending solutions, equipment, machineries, flavors, retail chains, government boards, consultants and other technologies

    The Expo edition for this year is scheduled from 16th till 18th of November. The previous edition of the Expo hosted around 67 companies. (KNN/ DA)

    source: http://wwww.knnindia.co.in / KNN, Knowledge & News Network / Home> Global / October 24th, 2017

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    October 26th, 2017adminCoffee News, World Opinion

    The success we have had in India over the last five years gives us great optimism over future growth potential, says John Culver, group president, Starbucks International.

    John Culver, group president, Starbucks International. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

    John Culver, group president, Starbucks International. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

    Mumbai:

    It has taken US-based coffee chain Starbucks Corp. five years to open 100 stores in India. In comparison, the Seattle-based firm plans to open 500 stores per year in China, doubling its store count to 5,000 by 2021.

    Nevertheless, John Culver, group president, Starbucks International, who was in Mumbai to celebrate the milestone of 100 stores, is optimistic that India would one day be among its top five markets. Edited excerpts:

    How does India compare to other markets?

    India has been our fastest growing new market. The success we have had here over the last five years gives us great optimism over future growth potential.

    We believe that one day India will be one of the top five markets. I won’t put a time frame to it. It’s over the long haul. We will make the right investments along the way in the business to build out the stores and the footprint.

    Not only do we see growth in terms of top line and bottom line, more importantly we see growth with our people and the investments we make in our people.

    Today we are also announcing that 40% of our workforce will be female. Right now we are at 25%.

    Starbucks remains a premium offering in India. Is this by design?

    We have something that attracts all consumers to our stores. Not only do we have premium beverages we also have value.

    My Starbucks rewards is a great example. We have 300,000 people as a part of this programme and they account for 25% of our overall transactions.

    This is continuing to build and attract a wide variety of consumers regardless of income and class.

    What will be your growth drivers?

    There are 600 million people that sit in the middle-class (in India). That presents a huge opportunity. The other thing you are seeing is the growth in coffee consumption.

    Over the last 10 years, coffee consumption in India is growing at 40%. This is an emerging market and Starbucks is at the forefront of delivering high-quality, great experiences to consumers that are unique. If we focus on that experience we can create something special.. similar to what we have seen in other markets.

    In India, the emerging middle class is spread across at least 100 cities.

    We see a huge opportunity in India in multiple cities over time. Today we have announced operations in our seventh city.

    We will continue to go deep into those cities that we operate in and also look at new cities over time.

    What next?

    We will continue to introduce new coffee and coffee blends with our partner Tata Coffee.

    We will also continue to provide new experience. We will also look at food that will fit consumers taste profile, continue our digital efforts, given the role digital is playing and look at various experiences outside our stores and sell our products through other grocers and e-commerce.

    source: http://www.livemint.com / LiveMint / Home> Companies / by Sapna Agarwal / Tuesday – October 24th, 2017

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    October 24th, 2017adminCoffee News, Records, All, World Opinion
    An Ethiopian woman roasts a pan of green coffee beans in their traditional technique

    An Ethiopian woman roasts a pan of green coffee beans in their traditional technique

    Stepping into a small unassuming villa on the backstreet of Al Fahidi district in Bur Dubai, I feel I am embracing the cultural ethos of several centuries. The aroma of freshly brewing coffee wafts in the air. I walk past a gift shop to reach the centre of a unique wind-tunnel house named the Dubai Coffee Museum, which was set up in October 2014. My journey into the history of coffee begins as soon as I enter the creator and owner of the museum, Khalid Al Mulla.

    I accompany him on a round of the ground floor where each space provides a glimpse of different coffee-drinking cultures. As we step in his favourite zone, he says, “Here is the coffee from Ethiopia where coffee drinking reputedly began at first.” Here, a stylish Ethiopian lady is roasting a pan of green coffee beans in a traditional technique. Next to her is Egyptian barista Abdul, dressed in an Egyptian ‘galabeya’ and skull cap, standing guard on a customised silver and gold coffee machine.

    An ancient coffee grinder

    An ancient coffee grinder

    The small exhibition rooms, where coffee beans from countries across the world are neatly stacked, are also home to coffee artefacts and antiques. Khalid’s collection is huge. Prominent among the pieces are distinctive 300-year-old jug-shaped clay coffee pots known as ‘jebena’ (the Yemeni equivalent is ‘jamena’), which were historically used by the Ethiopians .

    Steps inside the museum lead up to a literature room displaying texts from 18th century to the present day. One such text, Johann Friedrich von Pfeiffer’s 1784 encyclopaedia, is believed to be the oldest printed text on coffee, with 177 pages dedicated to ‘kaffee’ as Johann would have called it. There is also a custom-built brew bar, where one can sip acup of caffeine powered rocket fuel brewed in the traditional Japanese siphon method.

    The tour ends with a cup of Ethiopian coffee at a cosy Emirati-style ‘majlis’ on the ground floor, drunk in the local Bedouin coffee tradition. Khalid says, “As the director of Dubai-based coffee importers and roasters, Easternmen and Co., I participated in trade shows. I was surprised to see visitors’ interest in these objects, which forced me to create the first-of-its-kind coffee museum in Dubai. The concept is to showcase global coffee history.”

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Magazine / by Sharmila Chand / Dubai, UAE – October 21st, 2017

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    October 23rd, 2017adminBusiness & Economy, Coffee News, World Opinion
    PTI file photo for representation.

    PTI file photo for representation.

    The Coffee Board of India, under the administrative control of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, has to contribute to the coffee economy, which is in crisis with three years of near-drought, untimely rains and poor crop yields in Karnataka.

    Coffee plantations also have pepper vines inter-planted among them to supplement income, which makes the crash in pepper prices since February this year, worsen the financial hardship of coffee planters.

    Moreover, flaws in crop insurance and revenue protection insurance schemes have not really benefited 90% of the coffee-growers, who own plantations of 25 acres or below. The Rainfall Insurance scheme has been discontinued due to lack of adequate modalities in place. Moreover, the newly introduced Revenue Protection Insurance scheme which was initiated as a pilot project in Chikkamagaluru has not evinced much interest among the insurance companies. Therefore, the coffee plantation sector, which employs an estimated 11,00,000 skilled workers, finds that their livelihoods are at stake across the coffee districts of Kodagu, Hassan and Chikkamagaluru.

    While coffee growers are confronted with high input costs in terms of labour wages and fertiliser prices, they have to endure low prices for coffee and pepper, which makes it financially unviable to manage plantations. If coffee plantations begin to suffer losses, then the coffee economy will become unsustainable and small growers will find it more remunerative to sell their plantations or convert them into holiday or health resorts — a development which has already taken shape over the last five to seven years. That will surely herald the beginning of the end of the coffee plantation sector and its related industries. Therefore, the Coffee Board needs to transform to a market support role in addition to its R&D functions.

    Till the mid 1990s, the Coffee Board functioned in a regulatory role. However, the Coffee Board now needs to adapt to a free market economy since the 1991 economic liberalisation and transition to that of a facilitator. It would need to support the coffee economy through the organisation of trade fairs and help small growers and international buyers to comply with the various statutory requirements towards coffee trade and export.

    The Women’s Coffee Alliance India, Bangalore, successfully conducts a vibrant Coffee Santhe or Coffee Fair in Bengaluru annually, and involves all the stakeholders of the economy. For instance, much like the Ministry of Defence organises Aero India at Bengaluru to connect foreign aeronautics majors with the domestic industry; the Ministry of Commerce can also conduct a coffee trade fair under the aegis of the Coffee Board.

    The small coffee grower is unable to attend international coffee trade fairs overseas due to cost constraints of airline travel. Therefore, the Coffee Board should hold international trade fairs in Kodagu and Chikkamagaluru for buyers and sellers as a platform to interact with each other. The Coffee Board has large tracts of land with established infrastructure and research stations at Balehonnur, Chikkamagaluru and Chettalli in Kodagu, which can be utilised as centres for international coffee trade fairs and as integrated coffee parks.

    Moreover, the boom in coffee tourism over the last decade has developed the hospitality and travel industry resources in these plantation districts to be able to hold the proposed trade fairs. Besides, the two international airports in the proximity are at Mattanur, Cannanore district in Kerala, which is a 90-minute drive from Kodagu and at Mangaluru, which is a two-hour drive away from Chikkamagaluru. As airline connectivity to these two coffee plantation districts, which are also internationally acclaimed biodiversity hotspots exists, these districts are ideal locations to organise trade fairs.

    It will make the grower aware of the requirements of the discerning international consumer. The buyer will see for himself the journey of the Indian coffee bean from the plant to the cup. It will incentivise the grower to produce the kind of coffee that the buyer desires. Only a grower knows the trials and tribulations of coffee cultivation and only he can market his coffee with passion and obtain the best price possible for his crop.

    Considering that 70% of the coffee grown in the country is exported, the small grower should market his coffee overseas. An important point to note is that Indian coffee is grown under shade, which uses ecologically sustainable methods and adoption of fair trade practices in the eco-sensitive zone of the Western Ghats, which can command premium prices in the international markets. To make Indian coffee competitive in the world market, the Coffee Board must publish a list of internationally-banned pesticides, which will also make the environment safe for plantation workers.

    The outcome of such international trade fairs would lead to a demand for ‘Single Origin Estate Specific and Area Specific’ coffees, which will start to gain importance. Today, these fairs held at foreign locations are not inclusive of all stakeholders and have become the exclusive domain of a few elite coffee growers and traders. The Coffee Board should aim to democratise the sale of coffee and enable the small grower to export coffee to international markets rather than allow a select few to prosper at his expense.

    (The writer is Chairman of Karnataka Planters Association, Chikkamagaluru)

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> Economy & Business / by Maneypanda Madaiah Chengappa / October 22nd, 2017

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    Manama :

    Bahrain-based Délicieux company has signed up as a key sponsor for the second edition of the Bahrain International Chocolate and Coffee Exhibition which kicks off on December 7.

    The three-day event is being held under the patronage of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority CEO Shaikh Khalid bin Humood Al Khalifa at Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

    The sponsorship marks Délicieux’s debut appearance at the Bahrain International Chocolate and Coffee Exhibition, following the success of event’s first edition in attracting visitors as well as active companies in the field.

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    Délicieux Company CEO Shaikha Noora bint Ali Al Khalifa said: “It expands on the company’s market presence in the promising Bahraini chocolate and coffee market, whilst offering an opportune networking platform with visiting suppliers and buyers from other countries, and simultaneously providing marketing catalyst to our Bahrain-based clientele.”

    Sheikha Noora said the second edition was likely to attract high footfall with an anticipated spike in demand for chocolates and coffee on display, in preparation for National Day celebrations.

    “Our presence at such expos will help us further in networking with companies in the same field, enabling quality enhancement and product development to meet the dynamic needs of consumers,” she noted.

    As a result of the knowledge exchange, Bahrainis have become familiar with the varieties of coffee, recognizing the differences of premium and commercial coffee, she added.

    Shaikha Noora said Délicieux was a first-of-its-kind company in Bahrain to specialise in premium coffee, offering Ethiopian, Colombian and Rwandan brew.

    Amid growing demand for specialty coffee in GCC, Délicieux will soon be introducing its Yemeni and Saudi Arabian coffee starting from next month. The company already offers more than 15 distinct Belgian chocolate flavours, she added.

    -TradeArabia News Service
    source: http://www.tradearabia.com / Trade Arabia / Home / Manama – October 15th, 2017

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    October 20th, 2017adminCoffee News, World Opinion
    Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza poses for a photo with an award winner

    Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza poses for a photo with an award winner

    Rwanda coffee has won one of the international coffee award conferred to the best coffee growers in the world.

    “The second Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award 2017” was offered to Rwanda in the ceremony held in New York City, United States of America (USA).

    Out of 27 contestants, three nationals; Jean Bosco Ngabonziza, Tumwamini Ndamwemera Jean Paul and Faustin Nzabarakize were awarded for their coffee’s unique aroma.

    Their prizes were handed to Rwanda’s ambassador to the United Nations, Valentine Rugwabiza.

    According to National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) statistics, Rwanda exported 18.4 tons of coffee and earned $58.5 million in 2016-2017 fiscal year compared to 19.5 tons made $60.7 million in 2015-2016.

    It is projected that there will be an annual average export growth rate of 29 per cent translating to $104.3 million by 2018.

    The annual coffee event organized by Illy Family recognizes 3 best coffees from 9 most important producing countries; Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua and Rwanda.

    Founded in 1933, the Ernesto Illy Family owns coffee business in 140 countries across the globe with estimated net worth $432.1 million in 2015.

    Contact the Author: @nshimiyimanaleo

    source: http://www.ktpress.rw / KT Press / Home> Business – Economy / by Leonard Nshimiyimana / October 18th, 2017

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    Standing tall: Government Archaeology Museum in Madikeri.

    Standing tall: Government Archaeology Museum in Madikeri.

    Two doormen, embellished with silver jewellery and adorning red dhotis welcome visitors while standing guard at the entrance of the Government Archaeology Museum in Madikeri. The museum has been set-up inside a 150-year-old intrinsic church, which is located at the southeast entrance of Madikeri Fort. With Roman Gothic architecture, the 19th century church invites the art connoisseurs into the world of forepassed artefacts. As one crosses the glass-painted windows, sky-reaching arch, limestoned blue walls, and the dwarapalakas at the entrance, one is introduced to Kubera, the Lord of Wealth, revived from the ruins of a temple in Bettageri.

    Artefacts from every era

    While statues of folk deities stand firm on wooden stands, two horns pop out from behind the 18th century Ganesha statue. And they are the horns of a 1922 aurochs, which is now preserved to perfection. Adjacent to the aurochs stands a stuffed life-size leopard, “given to the museum by Mysore Archaeological Society,” explains, Renuka, the curator.

    Inscriptions from the Ganga dynasty, seals from the Lingayat kingdom of Haleri, statues of Jain tirthankaras, 3D paintings of the kings and queens of Kodagu, terracotta and brass kitchenware from 12 century, and beautiful lintel that has been carved from limestone are a few objects that decorate the inner linings of the museum. However, it is the cultural folk deities and the traditional weapons that steal the show here. “People want to see and learn more about the uniqueness of the culture of Kodagu. And they ask for cultural, tale-telling artefacts of the district,” explains Renuka.

    The 18th century swords and daggers from the historical reminiscence of British rule are arranged neatly in a glass case. “The collection also includes the swords used by King Veera Rajendra,” she explains. The cult weapons — odi kathi, peechakathi — synonymous with dagger and sheath knives, tell the tales of the warrior clans of Kodagu. There is also a section of armouries that bring light to the heroic deeds of Kodavas in the army. One of the highlights among these armouries is a heavy bronze cannon of the 17th century.

    The Kodavas also hold special reverence to cult deities that were worshipped in the then extensive, now diminishing, devara kadus or the sacred groves. And the museum is home for many such cult deities revived from 11th and 12th century. Naga idols, masks of boar headed folk gods, idols of the Sun God, Goddess Kali, Shiva-Parvathi idol and Uma Maheshwari idol are just a few to mention among the immense bronze idol collection.

    “Most of them are harake shilpas (ex-voto offerings), which were recovered from the ruins of many temples, and some gifted by the temples for preservation,” she confirms. The museum sheds light on the Jain heritage in the region too. Stone and pot inscriptions and intricately carved statues of Jain tirthankaras — they take one back to between the 11th and 14th century, when the Kongalvas (subordinates of Cholas) were the prominent rulers in the district.

    There is also a section in the museum dedicated to Field Marshall KM Cariappa, who donated many worthy artefacts of the past. While an ornamental chair of the Field Marshall sits at the centre of this section, it is surrounded by various mementos won by him and a few other age-old statues collected by him as an art connoisseur. “They have been exhibited in the gallery in memory of his parents,” Renuka explains.

    The art of preserving

    While the staff of the museum is actively involved in reviving historical artefacts, they have also faced hurdles in preserving some historical objects. Renuka explains, “We make sure that none of the ruins of historical idols are immersed in the rivers and immediately fall into action in collecting them. However, sometimes the beliefs of people work against our actions. One such incident took place in Bhagamandala, where the locals refused to hand over the ruins of elephant sculptures in the area due to religious beliefs. However, learning its importance, they are now preserving the sculptures.” Renuka, as a curator of this museum, has revived over 250 artefacts; the recent one being the painting of King Chikka Veera Rajendra, the last ruler of the kingdom of Kodagu.

    A State-funded museum, the museum attracts a lot tourists during the weekends who also tour the historic fort located in the area. “We are looking at further improving the museum by including a detailed story of the heritage value and revival process of these historical objects,” concludes Renuka. The museum is open to visitors from 09.00 am to 5.00 pm except on Mondays and general holidays.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> Spectrum / by Prajna G R / October 03rd, 2017

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