Coca Colla

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Coca Colla is an energy drink produced in Bolivia with the use of coca extract as its base. It was launched on the Bolivian market in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba in mid-April 2010.[1][2] Both the name and ingredients are similar to Coca-Cola. The release of this product is part of the process of the industrialization of coca followed by the Morales Administration.[3] The "Colla" component of the name comes from Qullasuyu, the southern area of the Inca empire which included the western part of Bolivia. The term Qulla is nowadays used to name the Aymara and Quechua, indigenous people of Bolivia which make a traditional use of coca leaves.[4]

Description[edit]

The drink has a red label with white writing, is dark caramel in color, tastes sweet and comes in 500 ml bottles priced at $1.50 (around £1 GBP or €1 EUR). It is made from coca leaf extracts, a plant also known for its use as the base of cocaine powder. This is a restricted substance in many countries and illegal to sell, buy or distribute in North America and Europe.

Use and export[edit]

Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous Aymara Indian president, announced last year[clarification needed] he will make efforts to support the peoples of the Andes who have been using coca leaves for traditional use such as medication and rituals for thousands of years. 30,000 acres (120 km2) of the Andes region is set aside for coca bush growth annually. This area is set to increase to 80,000 acres (320 km2) with the increase of the government's drive for legitimate use for the coca plant, such as toothpaste, pharmaceuticals and coca tea.

The International Narcotics Control Board of the United Nations has had the coca leaf on the list of dangerous drugs since 1961. Exporting the drink worldwide will not be possible unless drug laws are changed, including local Bolivian law which prevents exporting any coca based product from the country. However, importers from Iran, Bolivia's economic and political ally, have already expressed an interest in over 2 million units of the drink when large scale production starts.

Advertising[edit]

A joint collaboration between the Bolivian based drink's manufacturer and the European based advertising guerrilla group has been launched to increase the global mass media awareness of the new Coca Colla drink. The launch has sparked world wide interest about the questionable nature of the product's globally illegal ingredients, even though the use of coca leaf is acceptable by the indigenous cultures which have traditionally cultivated it. In a press release, the manufacturer OSPICoca's President Victor Ledezma stated "Coca is ours, coca is a Bolivian product and mostly occurs in the Qullasuyu." [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Evo Morales launches 'Coca Colla'". London: Telegraph. 10 Jan 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bolivia banks on 'Coca Colla,' fizzy coca-leaf drink". AFP. 10 Jan 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Morales launches ‘Coca Colla’ drink". Buenos Aires Herald. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bolivia lanza la Coca Colla". La Nacion. 2010-04-24. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bolivia lanza la Coca Colla". La Nacion. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 29 February 2012.