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Bolivia to produce new coca leaf-based soft drink


A new coca leaf-based soft drink is to be produced in Bolivia and may go by the name of Coca Colla.

Coca leaves, when chewed or stewed in a tea, act as a mild stimulant that wards off hunger and helps to prevent high altitude sickness. Cultivation of the plant in small quantities is currently permitted in Bolivia and Peru.

Speaking to EFE News Services, Victor Hugo Vazquez, the deputy minister of rural development, said: “At the beginning it is a private initiative to produce an energy drink from coca, but we are seeing how we can give it impetus, because the industrialisation of coca interests us.”

The news service reports that Bolivia’s President Evo Morales recently suggested that the area of land authorised for legal cultivation of coca could be expanded from 12,000 hectares (29,629 acres) to 20,000 hectares (49,382 acres).

Coca-Cola, when first produced in 1886, contained coca leaves but now coca flavouring that has no trace of cocaine in.

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