Some Benefits of the Olive Oil

  • Olive oil is a rich source of different polyphenols like simple phenols, terpenes, flavones, hydroxycinnamic acids, anthocyanins, flavonols, flavonoid glycosides, lignans and hydroxybenzoic acids.
  • These polyphenols work as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in the body.
  • This plant oil is unique in terms of its fat composition. It is mostly made of oleic acid, a monounsaturated, omega-9 fat. It also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as vitamins E and K. Plus, olive oil is naturally free of cholesterol and gluten.
  • Olive oil has favorable effects on brain functioning and reduces the risk of cognitive impairment. A 2013 study in France on older adults concluded that visual memory and verbal fluency improved immensely with intensive use of extra-virgin olive oil in cooking and as an ingredient in sauces and dressings.
  •  The American Chemical Society, found that a phenolic component called oleocanthal in extra-virgin olive oil helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The high monounsaturated fat content in olive oil can even slow down cognitive decline associated with diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.


The Best Wine in the World is PORTUGUESE!

The magazine Wine Spectator considered the Port wine Dow’s Vintage, from 2011 harvest, the best wine of 2014.
The fourth and third position were also obtained by other two Portuguese wines from Douro River valley, the Chryseia (2011) and Quinta do Vale Meão (2011), respectively.
Check out the top 10 list here!

top10 2014

South Africa reopens the doors for the Brazilian Pork Meat

South Africa has reopened the doors for the importation of Pork Meat from Brazil, after 9 years of suspension. The news was released during the opening of the Avisulat 2014 fair in Porto Alegre.

That is a good news for the pork meat exporters because in 2005, when was applied the suspension, South Africa was the fourth market for the Brazilian pork meat exportation.

Main Markets of Brazilian Pork Meat in 2014

Due the ban of American and European products from Russia, the exportation of Brazilian Pork Meat has boosted to this country in 2014.

In August of this year the increase was 16.2% in volume, but in terms of revenue the increase was 82.5% for the same period of the last year.

Here is the graphic of the main market of the Brazilian Pork Meat from January to August of 2014, the data are from the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein ( ABPA).


Soya World Surplus

Soya farmers in Brazil, are set to boost the production to a record for a third straight year, it may jump 7.3% to 92.4 million metric tons (Conab forecast) and triggering the biggest global surplus ever.
As consequence the soybean prices have tumbled into a bear market in the past 5 months, touching a 4 year low, leaving some growers unable to find buyers.
According to Mato Grosso Institute of Agricultural Economics, to produce a 60-kilogram bag of soybeans costs nowadays about 46 reais (€14.5), however the buyers are offering 39 reais (€12.31) a bag for delivery in March, after the harvest.

Soybean Harvest

Source : Bloomberg

Portuguese Wine Best Buy of 2014



The Wine Enthusiast magazine has awarded the Portuguese Wine Quinta da Aveleda 2013 as the winner of the ‘100 Best Buys’ list.
The Wine Enthusiast critics tasted thousands of wines over the past 12 months, only 6.4% were included on the list.
The others Portuguese wines awarded are the following:
4º  Assobio 2011, do Esporão (Douro, 94 points)

8º  Portada Winemaker’s Selection tinto 2011, da DFJ Vinhos (Lisboa, 90 points)
19º Vinhas Altas tinto 2012, Caves Velhas (Tejo, 90 points)
33º Muros Antigos Escolha branco 2012, Anselmo Mendes (Vinho Verde, 91 points)
38º Parcelas tinto 2010, Quinta de Porrais (Douro, 92 points)
49º Casa de Vilacetinho Grande Escolha branco 2012 (Vinho Verde, 89 points)
66º Herdade de São Miguel Colheita Seleccionada tinto 2012 (Alentejo, 90 points)
75º Kopke tinto 2011 (Douro, 90 points)

The complete list you can see here!