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When the manufacturer of Voltage, a major soft drink, change

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When the manufacturer of Voltage, a major soft drink, change [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2019, 03:51
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When the manufacturer of Voltage, a major soft drink, changed its secret formula last year, the export earnings of an island in the Indian Ocean began to fall. This island's only export comprises more than half of the world's supply of vanilla beans. Analysts concluded that the original formula of Voltage contained vanilla from beans, but the new formula did not.

Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the conclusion drawn by the analysts?

(A) The vanilla-bean plantings of a nearby island were beginning to produce crops.
(B) A new process for synthesizing vanilla was under development in a laboratory in the United States.
(C) The island's trade agreement, under which the vanilla beans were exported to the country that manufactures Voltage, had lapsed.
(D) Imports of vanilla beans dropped in countries where Voltage is made.
(E) There were decreases in sales of several widely sold products that were known to contain vanilla.
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Re: When the manufacturer of Voltage, a major soft drink, change [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2019, 22:39
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(A) This means that Voltage could simply be sourcing its beans from a different island, weakening the conclusion.

(B) The process being under development means it could have nothing at all to do with vanilla. But if anything it might explain the drop in vanilla exports. It doesn't have anything to do with Voltage, though.

(C) This simply means that the manufacturer of Voltage must source their vanilla from elsewhere. It also explains the drop in vanilla exports, weakening the argument.

(D) This is suspicious. There is a connection between Voltage and vanilla: if a country produces Voltage, then it now imports less vanilla. That certainly strengthens the conclusion.

(E) This could also explain the drop in vanilla exports without having anything to do with Voltage. So this weakens the conclusion.
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