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Alcohol Spotlight: Mezcal IBÁ

 

 

 

The word IBÁ means HEAVEN in the ZAPOTEC language (indigenous to the Mexican state of OAXACA), hence our slogan MEZCAL OF THE HEAVENS.

Mezcal Ibá is the result of a partnership between the company BEBIDAS PROACTIVAS DE MEXICO, and the artisanal production house, or palenque, El Dos de Oros, located in San Pablo Huixtepec, Oaxaca. Don Fortino Ramos, the legendary maestro and pioneer in traditional mezcal production, is the backbone of “El Dos de Oros.” In Mezcal Ibá, he sought to create a high-quality, 40% ABV mezcal with smooth, refined flavors. The use of triple distillation subdues the smoky flavor and accentuates the sweet, citrus aromas of espadín agave.

Mezcal Ibá is a smooth, pleasant mezcal intended for all palates.

 

 

 
MEZCAL IBÁ is made with ESPADÍN agave with which we produce two labels.
MEZCAL IBA 40% alcohol by volume. Triple distilled.
IBA 55 as its name indicates, contains 55% alcohol by volume, the upper parameter allowed by government standards (NOM 070). For those who prefer an artisanal MINERO mezcal.

Mezcal is classified according to its age as joven, or blanco; reposado; or añejo. A new category called extra añejo is currently under consideration.

To introduce consumers to something unique, we have developed a third label that we call:

IBÁ PREMIUM a medley of three wild agaves—tobalá, quixe, and jabalí—in a distinctive blend of exotic aromas and flavors created using ancient techniques such as hand crushing and the use of clay stills.

All three of our labels are made with MEZCAL JOVEN. We do not want to add any external flavors or aromas from the barrels.

 

 

 

How They Make It
Mezcal is made with the piña, or heart, of the agave. When the agave reaches maturity (from 7 to 14 years old, depending on the plant) the leaves are removed leaving only the piña. The piña is then split open and baked in a cone-shaped oven in the earth. Next, it is ground either in a simple, horse-powered, mill or on a flat surface by a large wooden roller.

The ground agave is placed in wooden tubs with clean water, covered in bits of crushed agave and allowed to ferment naturally with its own yeasts and sugars for six to eight days. Once the fermentation stage is complete, the mass and the liquid are distilled together.

For a better quality product, the mezcal is redistilled in order to standardize the alcoholic content. It is then mixed with water to reach a strength of 40% ABV. Mezcal can be aged or matured by storing it in white oak barrels for periods ranging from two months to seven years.

Also, the type of mezcal is directly linked to its concentration of alcohol. This makes it a very interesting drink as regulatory standards allow for mezcals ranging from 36-55% alcohol by volume. Our IBÁ 55 label has the highest alcohol content in the market. Many mezcals of this kind were used in religious ceremonies.

Some mezcals have fruit, herbs, or other ingredients such as worm or chicken breast tied and hanging in the still on the third distillation. Mezcal de pechuga (chicken breast) is a highly-prized mezcal that is prepared for special ceremonies. Mezcal IBÁ is distilled three times, but we prefer to keep it refined.

 

 

 

 

Company: Bebidas Proactivas de Mexico
Brand: Mezcal IBÁ
Origin: Mexico
Category: Liquor
Packaging: 750ml
Alcohol Volume: 40% – 55%
Variants: Mezcal IBA, IBA 55, IBA Premium
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: La Europea (Mexico)
Website: mezcaliba.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Packaging Spotlight: Las Naciones

 

Designed by
Firmalt
Monterrey, Mexico
 

Brief
Las Naciones is a fast casual restaurant that takes inspiration from around the world to offer a variety of salads, sandwiches and fresh baked goods. Their many years of experience and their gifted team of chefs allowed them to create a product of their own: the Breta, a freshly baked pot pie with a variety of mouth-watering stuffing.

Inspired by how Las Naciones creates different dishes based on the cuisine in different regions around the world, we based the visuals for the brand on international communication methods and signage. This means using typographic and graphical elements from airports, flags, and maritime signal flags; where clarity and straight-forwardness are crucial. The logotype takes from the most recognizable international identification method: the flag. Its five stars reference the restaurant’s first five creations, from five different countries.

The packaging was carefully designed to protect the integrity of each product and ensure its safe delivery, whilst using the minimal amount of material required for structural integrity. The result is a beautifully patterned and instantly recognizable container that is high in aesthetics, yet low in cost.
 

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Drink Spotlight: Chia Mia Beverages

 

 

Chia Mia is a new line of chia based beverages in Mexico. Currently there are 2 flavor varieties: Purifica and Energiza. Both products are sugar free and made with no added colors, flavors or preservatives.

 

 

 

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PURIFICA
We know that in a rush, cravings and stress we sometimes fall into excesses.

Purify your system with this natural blend of hibiscus , blackberry, rosemary and chia, in addition to taking care of your body with its digestive properties , will please your taste buds
 

 

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ENERGIZA
Whether running 5 kilometers, getting to your 7am meeting or trying to lose those extra pounds, we want to support you to achieve your goals.

Our combination of mint, apple, basil and chia, even exotic, has proven to be refreshing, delicious and energetic. It is an ideal energizing blend.

 

 

 

 

About the Company
Chia Mia was born with the idea of transforming Mexico , starting with what we make. We wanted to develop a drink 100 % natural, no sugar, and no preservatives that also had functional health benefits .

Along the way there were many obstacles and there was a point where we thought it was almost impossible to achieve this dream.

We were pondering whether or not to continue , we decided that no matter what difficulties we encountered we were going to launch this line of beverages with their original values with the purpose of being an honest company that does things for the right reasons .

Therefore, each of our flavors has a purpose: a good reason to enjoy each delicious and healthy blend .

Thank you for sharing what each bottle represents with us.
 

 

Company: Chia Mia
Brand: Chia Mia
Origin: Mexico
Category:  Functional Beverages
Packaging: 360ml bottle
Claims:  No Added Flavors, Colors or Preservatives
Variants: Purifica, Energiza
Price: $22.73 (case)
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator
Website: chiamia.com.mx

 

 

 

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Condiment Spotlight: Kankun Mexico Hot Chipotle Sauce

 

Spice Up Without Extreme Heat

“A unique blend of earthy and smoky spiciness and the perfect level of heat”

 
Ingredients
Chipotle Chilli 26%, Tomato Puree, Lemon Juice, Spices, a dash of salt and sugar, Water, Sunflower oil, Vitamin C, Xanthan gum.

 

Recipe: Gluten and additives free
Factory: No nuts
Suitable for vegetarians.

 

 
About the Company
KANKUN® Mexican Sauces uses a secret recipe guarded fervently by generations of grandmas, aunties, and mamas from the Cardenas family.

KANKUN® Mexican Sauces are not only Mexican by name, this is the closest you will get to a home-made, traditional chilli sauce found only at the most authentic of Mexican family gatherings and Rolando Cardenas.

Rolando Cardenas, the magical power behind the sauce, learned the art of the perfect chilli mix by sneaking into the kitchen at family dinners and watching, tasting and smelling the age-old recipes that sit at the heart of his family’s tradition.

The steaming hot kitchens were full of stories, gossip and laughter, and little Rolando soaked up the tricks and secrets of the sauces. He then replicated them a thousand times until they were as good as those from his childhood.

His sauces were first served at his famous ‘fiestas’ that featured wielding luchadores, yelping mariachis and the most kicking Mexican food in town. Friends would leave Rolando’s house begging to take home a dollop of his home made chilli sauce that tasted so good and became so popular that Rolando decided to make it possible for all and launched KANKUN® Mexican Sauces that now graces your table.
 

 

 

Company: Kankun Sauce
Brand: Kankun
Origin: UK
Category: Condiment
Packaging: 150ml
Claims: Vegetarian
Variants: Mild, Hot, Marinade, Jalapeno, Habanero
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Store Locator
Website: kankunsauce.com

 

 

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Soup Spotlight: Doña Gabina

 

 

Maruchan noodles are very popular in Mexico for lunch or a quick snack at any time of the day, but now an alternative is available — Doña Gabina instant soup in four traditional Mexican varieties: bean with tortilla and soy bacon, tomato with tortilla, bean with chile and tortilla, tomato with chile and tortilla. The bean soups come in 64-gram cups and the tomato soups in 45-gram cups.

According to the company Gabina, which is based in Morelia, Michoacán, the soups are better for you than conventional pasta soups, not least because they are low in fat and cholesterol free.

 

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Company: Gabina
Brand: Doña Gabina
Origin: Mexico
Category: Soup
Packaging: 64g and 45g
Claims: Will leave you feeling satisfied
Price: $9.50
Where to Buy: Supermarkets
Website: http://gabina.mx

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Tech Spotlight: Looney Tunes Soccer Android

 

 

The Looney Tunes México Android is one of the latest in budget tablets for kids. Reflecting the excitement that came with the World Cup (and the appreciation for soccer that lasts long after the games are finished), this 7-inch tablet features Looney Tunes characters in soccer apparel.

Features:

  • 4 GB memory
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Android 4.1
  • 800 by 400 resolution screen
  • WiFi but no bluetooth
  • Cameras on front and back

 

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Company: Looney Tunes
Brand: Looney Tunes
Origin: Mexico
Category: Tablet
Price: $1,991.00 MXN in store; $1,424.00 MXN online
Where to Buy: Buy online and in-store
Website: www.sanborns.com.mx

 

 

 

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Juice Spotlight: Nature Rain

 

 

Nature Rain drinks are thick juices packed with fruit and sweetened with agave honey. They are available in six varieties: mango (35 percent fruit), strawberry-mango (40 percent), blackberry-raspberry (48 percent), cranberry (25 percent), cranberry-mango (40 percent), strawberry (50 percent), and limited edition passionfruit (14 percent). All the juices are a source of antioxidants and prebiotics.

 

 

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About the Company
Nature Rain is a company based in Guadalajara, Mexico, which produces 100 percent natural juices. All their products are free from artificial additives to allow consumers to receive the full benefits of the fruits. The company recommends their juices to diabetics and those on a strict diet.

 

 

 

Company: Nature Rain
Brand: Nature Rain
Origin: Mexico
Category: Juice
Packaging: 430ml bottle
Claims: 100 percent natural; free from sugar and other additives
Variants: 240ml bottles of passionfruit and strawberry-mango
Price: $29.90 MXN
Where to Buy: Supermarkets
Website: www.naturerain.mx

 

 

 

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Ice Cream Spotlight: Yukai Asian Ice Cream

 

Yukai Palmas was formed in 2010 to introduce Asian products to the Mexican market. Some of the most widely available of their products are the ice creams, available in three flavors: chai tea with coconut, green tea, and lychee. The creamy dessert is made only with milk and natural ingredients, no artificial flavors.

Each of the flavors supposedly has various health benefits; for instance, the company claims that chai tea can prevent cancer, lead to a healthy digestive system, improve the immune system, reduce hypertension problems, and lower cholesterol.

Green tea is said to delay the aging process, lower cholesterol, help with weight control, and strengthen the immune system.

Lychees contain antioxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin B12, contribute to collagen formation, strengthen bones, and improve iron absorption in the body.

 

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Company: Yukai Palmas
Brand: Yukai
Origin: Mexico
Category: Ice cream
Packaging: 450ml
Claims: See above
Price: $52 MXN
Where to Buy: Supermarkets
Website: http://www.yukai.com.mx/index.html

 

 

 

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Drink Spotlight: Rancho Natura Nopal Juice

 

 

Nopal (the pads from the prickly pear cactus) has played an important role in Mexican culture for centuries and appears in many national dishes. More recently, people have begun to add nopal to beverages because of its health benefits. Nopal is low in sodium and calories but high in soluble and insoluble fiber. It can help sufferers of type II diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, and constipation.

One company taking advantage of nopal is Aguida with their Rancho Natura drinks, the only nopal juice in Tetra Brik in the world. Available in the flavors of nopal, nopal and orange, and nopal and pineapple, are all three are made from 100 percent juice including organic nopal. They are free from sugar and preservatives and contain all the fiber of the nopal and other fruits.

 

 

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Company: Aguida
Brand: Rancho Natura
Origin: Mexico
Category: Juice
Packaging: 310ml Tetra Brik
Claims: Healthy, delicious, and organic
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Walmart and Superama
Website: www.aguida.com

 

 

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Dairy Spotlight: FAGE Greek Yogurt Total 0%

 

 

Although Greek-style yogurt is becoming popular in Mexico, FAGE may be the only brand around that provides consumers with naturally fat-free, high-protein product that comes from following a traditional recipe. Along with the 1-kilo tub of plain yogurt, FAGE has also released in Mexico some of its fruit yogurts from the Total 0% range, which is available as a variety pack of 12 with the flavor combinations of mango-guanábana, cherry-pomegranate, strawberry-goji, and blueberry-açaí.

 

 

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The Greek Yogurt
In recent years, the world has discovered what the Greeks have known for centuries – there is nothing like the taste and versatility of Greek yogurt.

Naturally rich in protein and low in fat, Greek yogurt is a world away from what many people around the world know as “yogurt”. That’s because Greek yogurt is strained, resulting in a thick, creamy yogurt with more protein and fewer carbohydrates.

True to the Greek heritage of fresh ingredients and simple preparation, plain Greek yogurt is the most popular type of yogurt in Greece. Read More

 

 

About the Company
FAGE is a leading international dairy company with a focus on yogurt. We have a significant and growing presence in the U.S. yogurt market, growing international sales outside of the United States, and the leading market position in the Greek yogurt market. We have grown from our origins in Greece in 1926 to become an international company with sales in over 35 countries. FAGE manufactures, distributes and sells a wide range of dairy products, including yogurt, dairy desserts, milk, cream and cheese. Read More

 

 

 

 

Company: FAGE
Brand: FAGE Total 0%
Origin: USA
Category: Yogurt
Packaging: Box of 12 150g containers
Claims: Nonfat, high in protein, gluten-free, source of calcium
Price: $215 MXN
Where to Buy: Sam’s Club
Website: company.usa.fage.eu/greek-yogurt

 

 

 

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