Private Labeling of New Cola Sodas

How Your Company/Start-Up Can Launch New Cola Sodas

     The government of Peru has a state agency, Empresa Nacional de Coca (ENACO - www.enaco.com.pe), that is ready to ship samples and production quantities of liquid decocainized coca leaf extracts to cola soda businesses around the world. Please contact them now. KukaXoco is working with ENACO to identify the best coca leaves in South America to best de-bitter cacao.

Available for shipping are 1-liter brown bottles of their ERC-A20 coca leaf extract, and 50-liter tanks of their ERC-A20 coca leaf extract. Also, ENACO is preparing in 2019 to offer 1-liter and 50-liter quantities of Four-Times-Concentrated coca leaf extract (which will be more convenient for manufacturing large quantities of soda). ENACO (or KukaXoco) can provide you contact information for shippers in Callao (the port city of Lima) to arrange ship or air transport of the extracts to your facilities.



Working with private label bottlers to produce your own cola soda

     Given the simplicity of KukaXoco's technology for improving cola sodas, all you need to start manufacturing your own brand of cola soda is to find a private label bottler that is currently producing cola sodas, work with them to obtain coca leaf extracts, and then have them alter one of their existing formulations to include the coca leaf extract.

One such private labeling bottler is Private Label Specialties of Goffstown, New Hampshire. Here is a review of their current flavors of soda that they can brand for you.


Using FDA-approved and DEA-approved decocainized coca extracts

     Both the U.S. FDA and U.S. DEA have regulations that approve the use of de-cocainized coca leaf extracts in consumer food and beverage products (it is under these regulations that Coca-Cola used to use the coca leaf extract). In the United States, by law, decocainized coca leaf extracts are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA for use in food products: see U.S. Federal Regulation 21 C.F.R. 182.20 --- and fully allowed for sales in all states under DEA regulation: 21 U.S.C. 812(c) - Schedule IIa4.

     The Chemical Engineering faculty of the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru (the oldest university in the Americas, and one of the top two universities of Peru) has prepared a chemical analysis of ENACO's decocainized coca leaf extracts, documenting the complete absence of the the internationally-controlled cocaine alkaloid, making these extracts safe and legal for immediate use by the chocolate industry. A copy of their chemical analysis is at: CocaAnalysisCocaExtract.pdf (original in Spanish), and at CocaAnalysisCocaExtract.pdf (translation in English). This analysis can be used as part of the documentation to import decocainized coca leaf extracts without having to register with the U.S. DEA as an Importer of Controlled Substances. A similar chemical analysis has been prepared for ENACO's instant coca tea that is decocainized, available at: CocaAnalysisCocaTea.pdf. The Ministry of Health/Salud of Peru has approved these dococainized extracts as exportable without permit, in agreement with Article 27 of the 1961 U.N treaty on narcotic drugs. A copy of this permit is available at: CocaExtractExportPermit.pdf (original in Spanish), and at CocaExtractExportPermit-E.pdf (translation in English).

     Companies such as CocaCola that use decocainized coca leaves as flavoring in their beverage products, obtain their coca leaves from Stepan Company (New Jersey). ENACO supplies Stepan with pure coca leaves. Stepan extracts the coca alkaloid for sale to pharmaceutical companies, while selling the decocainized coca leaves to CocaCola and others for use in making beverages. Stepan is registered with the U.S. DEA as an Importer of Controlled Substances. Such registration is not needed to import decocainized coca leaf extracts from ENACO.


     The USAID office in Lima, is working with cacao farmers and authorized coca leaf growers in Peru, and with agencies such as ENACO and with the national cacao organization - APPCACAO, to help them bring their products to global markets. For background country information on Peru's cacao and coca industries, please contact the USAID mission in Lima (https://www.usaid.gov/where-we-work/latin-american-and-caribbean/peru).



El proceso para el des-amargado del cacao es efectivo con extracto de hoja de coca descocainizado - sin benzoilmetilecgonina (BME) (semejante al extracto que usa Coca Cola) - una proporción de peso a partir 0 a un 0.0001 de BME al cacao. Esta es una muy buena noticia para la industria chocolatera ya que el extracto de hoja de coca descocainizado es globalmente legal para su uso en la industria alimenticia. Por ejemplo, por ley, en los Estados Unidos el extracto de hoja de coca descocainizado es Reconocido Como Seguro según las regulaciones de dicho país (Generally Recognized As Safe - GRAS).

El gobierno del Perú cuenta con un organismo constituido para toda operación legal (farmacéutica o alimenticia), la Empresa Nacional de la Coca: ENACO. Esta empresa es disponible para abastecer con muestras de extracto de coca descocainizado con capacidad de remitirlas cualquier país. Usted puede contactarlo directamente. KukaXoco esta trabajando coordinadamente con ENACO para identificar las variedades de hoja de coca con las propiedades que tengan el mayor potencial para des-amargar el cacao.

La facultad de Ingeniería Química de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos en Lima, Perú (la universidad mas antigua de las Americas y una de las dos principales del Perú) ha realizado los análisis químicos del extracto de coca descocainizado producido por ENACO. Este ha documentado la inexistencia de cocaína, sustancia bajo control internacional, en el referido extracto, asegurando la seguridad del mismo para su uso inmediato en la industria chocolatera y otros potenciales. Una copia del análisis químico realizado puede ser encontrada en: CocaAnalysisCocaExtract.pdf. Este análisis puede ser utilizado como parte de la documentación requerida para importar extractos descocainizados de hoja de coca sin necesidad de registrarlo como Importador de Sustancias Controladas con la US DEA. Un análisis químico similar ha sido preparado por la Empresa Nacional de la Coca - ENACO - para su infusión instantánea de coca descocainizada. Una copia del análisis químico realizado puede ser encontrada en: CocaAnalysisCocaTea.pdf. El Ministerio de Salud del Perú ha aprobado estos extractos descocainizados, dandole el carácter de producto exportable sin necesidad de permisos especiales, conforme el artículo 27 del Tratado de narcóticos de las Naciones Unidas de 1961. Una copia de este permiso puede ser encontrada en: CocaExtractExportPermit.pdf.

Empresas tal como la Coca Cola que usa el extracto descocainizado de las hojas de coca en sus bebidas refrescantes, obtienen el extracto de la empresa química Stepan Company (New Jersey), importadora autorizada de hoja de coca. Stepan extrae la cocaína, la que luego la comercializa a empresas farmacéuticas, y vende el extracto descocainizado a Coca Cola y posiblemente a otras industrias que utilizan este. Stepan Company si esta debidamente registrada con la US DEA como Importador de Sustancias Controladas, pero esta licencia no es necesaria para quien importe directamente el extracto descocainizado.

Con la Asociacion de Productores de Cacao del Perú (APPCACAO) se puede acceder a los productores de las diversas variedades de cacao originarias del Peru, y sus productos hoy se exportan al mercado mundial. Para mayor información sobre la producción de cacao y coca en el Peru también pueden contactar a la agencia de USAID en Lima.

     Contact KukaXoco via email or 415-981-0441 (U.S.)
     Contact ENACO via email, or +51 (1) 263 7219 (Peru)