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Peruvian native potato vodka gets sixth international gold medal

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Photo: ANDINA/Diffusion

11:01 | Lima, May. 7.

The first Peruvian vodka made from Andean native potatoes obtained its sixth international gold medal at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the most important competitions in the United States, the State-run Innovate Peru (Innovate Yourself, Peru) Program has highlighted.

It specified that Vodka 14 Inkas obtained this distinction for third consecutive year, which recognizes its intensive research and development work to achieve a high-quality product that meets international standards.

Innovate Peru recalled that the Peruvian vodka project was the winner of the fourth generation at the StartUp Peru contest (2016) and the Bio Challenge (2018).

It explained that Vodka 14 Inkas was born with the purpose of giving value to the Inca country's biodiversity, rewarding the guardians of this legacy, presenting a unique beverage, produced in small batches with its own technology and state-of-the-art equipment, to ensure the highest international quality.

The drink also relies on a license to use the Marca Peru (Peru Brand) certification granted by Peru's Exports and Tourism Promotion Board (PromPeru).

"We are very proud to have represented Peru versus other world-class recognized brands, and to obtain an exceptional score awarded by the rigorous and demanding judges of this contest," said Omar Cosio, CEO of Destilería Espíritu Andino SAC —a company that produces Vodka 14 Inkas. He dedicated this award to the Pazos district community in Huancavelica and to all native potato farmers in Peru.

Other international triumphs

Since its inception, Vodka 14 Inkas has obtained important international recognitions such as the gold medal (2018) at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competitions; gold medal (2018) at The Vodka Master London (The Spirits Business); gold medal (2019) for The Vodka Master Hong Kong 2019 (The Drinks Business); gold medal (2020) and double gold medal (2019) at the San Francisco World Spirits Competitions.

Finally, Innovate Peru stressed that Peru hosts more than 3,000 native potato varieties, most of them grown by small farmers in the Andes, who —with great effort— have protected this diversity.

The Innovate Peru Program co-finances business innovation projects, productive development, entrepreneurship and ecosystem institutions, through national competitions grouped into four portfolios.

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Published: 5/7/2021
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