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October 18, 2007—John Martínez, VP – Sales and Marketing for Grupo Mariani S.A., a Peruvian based company, is proud to announce that it has begun worldwide shipment of its premium grade coca tea. “After much research, discussion and visiting coca farms in South America we decided that our Mate Mariani coca tea would be produced from only select coca leaves of Peru ”, says Martínez.

There is much medical research and documentation highlighting the therapeutic benefits of coca-based products.

The following are reasons for the use of coca leaves (Coca tea or Mate de Coca) in traditional medicine in Latin America:

• It has beneficial effect for the digestive system, controls flatulence.
• It has an effective antiseptic and analgesic action.
• Effective relieve in cases of gastritis.
• It prevents diarrhea.
• It stimulates proper respiratory function.
• It prevents altitude syndrome (mountain sickness).
• It prevents vertigo and vomit.
• Helps to recover physical strength and vital energy.
• It regulates the metabolism against lipids and carbohydrates.
• It is a dietary product, it is a significant mans for healing diets.
• Controls vocal cords fatigue.
• Effective help for the motor nerve system, fights arthritis, rheumatism etc.
• Helps in cases of alcohol poisoning.

Our 100% natural coca leaves have optimal genetic properties for a correct digestive process. It is a great source of energy and it is simultaneously daily recommended as a diet source product. In its natural composition it does not cause side effects, is non narcotic and is non-addictive.

“Tea is not the only coca-based product Grupo Mariani will be producing”, says Martínez. We are only weeks away from the debut of our exceptional Vin Mariani red coca wine, which is being produced from grapes of the highly acclaimed Ica region in Peru. We also have plans on launching a line of hair products, soaps and even food products, such as cookies. with other products to come later.

As a benefit to the Peruvian people, especially the coca farmers, Grupo Mariani is forming strategic alliances with the current government of Peru to provide humanitarian projects for the indigenous people of that country.

John Martínez
VP – Sales and Marketing
Grupo Mariani S.A.


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September 21, 2007—John Martínez, VP – Sales and Marketing for Grupo Mariani S.A., a Peruvian based company, is proud to announce the introduction of its premium coca-based red wine. “After much research, discussion and visiting with vintners from Europe and Latin America it has been decided that our wines will come from and be produced in Peru ”, says Martínez.

Until recently, Peruvian wine exports were very limited. This is because Peruvian wine production has traditionally been quite low when compared to other more commercially developed South American countries, such as Chile and Argentina.

Peru’s micro wine production has actually played to their favor though, by allowing them the time to experiment with different blends and wine making techniques without getting a reputation for low quality wines. Instead, Peruvian wine exports have arrived on the market as a seeming newcomer with surprisingly high quality. In fact, you could be forgiven for not even knowing that Peru has a wine industry.

The wine industry in Peru has actually been around far longer than most people realize. Wine grapes were first introduced to Peru by the Spanish conquistador Marquis Francisco de Caravantes who visited there during the sixteenth century. Ever since then, Peruvians have been working on perfecting their wine growing techniques. Today, wine makers in province of Ica are producing some very good wines. Peruvians know this well and now the rest of the world is finding out too.

According to historical accountings coca-based wine is nothing new, per se. In fact the first coca wine ‘Vin Mariani (French: Mariani’s wine)’ was a tonic created circa 1863 by Angelo Mariani, a chemist who became intrigued with coca and its economic potential after reading Paolo Mantegazza’s paper on coca’s effects. In 1863 Mariani started marketing a wine called Vin Mariani which was made from Bordeaux wine treated with coca leaves. The ethanol in the wine acted as a solvent and extracted the alkaloid from the coca leaves, altering the drink’s effect. It originally contained 6 mg of coca alkaloid per fluid ounce of wine, but Vin Mariani which was to be exported contained 7.2 mg per ounce in order to compete with the higher coca content of similar drinks in the United States.

“For markets where coca-based products are not permitted we will be using what is referred to as denatured coca leaves”, says Martínez. This process is exactly the same as that of the Coca Cola Company, which uses denatured coca leaves as the capstone ingredient in its Coca-Cola® drink. At present and ironically the Coca Cola Company is the one and only company allowed by the United States to import coca leaves. This, of course, has created much controversy.

“Wine is not the only coca-based product that we will be producing”, says Martínez. We plan on having a line of hair products, soaps and even food products, such as tea and cookies with other products to come later. There is much research and documentation highlighting the therapeutic benefits of coca-based products.

As a benefit to the Peruvian people, especially the coca farmers, Grupo Mariani S.A. is forming strategic alliances with the current government of Peru to provide humanitarian projects for the indigenous people of that country.

John Martinez
VP – Sales and Marketing
Grupo Mariani S.A.