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Victor Franco is going to join me now. He is the spokesperson for Miller Brewing.

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Canada Goose online SAVIDGE: Victor Franco, thank you very much. Canada Goose online

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canada goose clearance HARRIS: All right, thanks much, Marty Savidge, reporting live this canada goose factory sale morning from that Miller plant in Irwindale, California. canada goose clearance

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