Olympic Torch Passed Through Santa Cruz do Sul

Olympic Torch Santa CruzToday, 5 July, the 2016 Summer Olympics torch passed through the main street of Santa Cruz do Sul, where Bellko has an office. The Torch passed in front of our office, enabling us to visualize upclose such an important symbol.

In the picture, the Torch is being carried by Fabiano Peçanha, a local athlete

 

 

 

 

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About the Torch

adrem-Olympic_torch_2016The 2016 Summer Olympics torch relay will run from 21 April to 5 August 2016, in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics. After being lit in Olympia, Greece, the torch traveled to Athens on 27 April. The torch began its Brazilian journey on 3 May, and will visit more than 300 Brazilian cities, including all 26 state capitals and the Federal District. The Brazilian leg will begin in the capital, Brasília, and end in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium, the main venue of the 2016 Olympics

The Olympic flame is an important symbol of the Games, representing peace, unity and friendship. The torch is used to pass the flame from one bearer to another during the relay, until the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

Among the main innovative aspects of the Rio 2016 torch is the opening segments, revealing characteristics of Brazilian flair: harmonious diversity, contagious energy and exuberant nature.

Lucas Kohl will dispute the 5th stage of the USF2000 at Road America

The Young pilot got to Elkahart Lake with two Top 10 finishes and will continue working hard to maintain his great campaign  

 

Bellko car, driven by Lucas Kohl, USF 2000

Two Top10 finishes in two races. Two different challenges. The first one in the mixed circuit of the legendary race track of Indianapolis. The second, in the oval of Lucas Oil. As a beginner in his first season of the USF2000, an entry level category that leads to the mais IndyCar Series, Lucas Kohl was able to get excellent results as a rookie, earning a sixth place and a tenth place.

In this upcoming weekend, June 24th to 26th, the young driver from Santa Cruz do Sul will face yet another challenge. Lucas will race in the Road America circuit, near Elkhart Lake, which will be the 5th stage of the Series.

The circuit, with a length of 6515 meters and 14 turns, is one of the most selective of the country. The track poses many challenges to the pilots, as it is relatively long, has many curves of all types, ascents and descents, and passing points. In other words, it is the complete package, which will host races of all of the Indy categories, including F-Indy, Indy Lights and USF2000.

Lucas Kohl

According to Lucas Kohl, he is “very happy to able to race at Road America. It is a track that permits to exploit the limits of the cars. In addition, as it is a mixed circuit with many challenges, I believe I’ll be able to quickly adapt and take advantage of it. My goal is to keep this trend of good results I’ve been having.”

The calendar at Road America starts on Thursday, 23, with the first free practice run of the USF2000 scheduled to start at 13h30 (GMT). The second test takes place at 17:15 – every practice is half-hour long. On Friday, 24, the category will be back on track for the qualifying runs, at 12:15. On Saturday, the first race is scheduled to start at 10:00 am, with the second starting at 15:10, each lasting 40 minutes.

 

The USF2000 Series
The USF2000 is the first stage in the Mazda Road to Indy program, being part of the Indycar Series. In addition to this category, there are also the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights categories, which are higher level, and the IndyCar itself. The season is comprised of 16 races, including two street circuits, several race tracks, and an oval circuit.

 

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Check out the Indianapolis races

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Bellko formalizes partnership with Guimarães

20 February, 2016 

During the month of February, 2016, Bellko and Guimarães formalized a partnership to export the products made by the former to foreign markets.

Logo Guimaraes OfficeWith the partnership, Bellko will export the whole line of products currently offered by Guimarães, including peanut butter, roasted peanuts, banana sweets, honey, molasses, compotes, and many others. Guimarães also has a line of organic products, which will be increased soon. The organic products currently being offered by the company include organic molasses, organic brown sugar and organic banana sweets.

Both Bellko and Guimarães expect to be very successful with this partnership, exporting brazilian natural products to not only major markets, but also to smaller ones, where both companies believe there’s demand for such products.

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Gumaraes Factory

Guimarães factory, located in Santo Antônio da Patrulha, Rio Grade do Sul state, Brazil

Bellko in Racing – Sponsoring New Talent in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship

USF 2000We are pleased to announce that Bellko will sponsor Lucas Kohl as a pilot in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda for the 2016 season.

 

The series debuted in 2010 and is a continuation of the highly regarded USF2000 series which ran from 1990 through 2006, launching the careers of many of today’s top drivers. Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the series is the first official step on the Mazda Road to Indy – a clearly defined path to reach the top echelons of the sport. In addition to providing a vital training ground for rising stars, the series champion will earn a scholarship package from Mazda to advance to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, the next step on the ladder system.

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Bellko’s USF 2000 Series Car

Lucas will be driving for the John Cummiskey Racing team. Cummiskey leads an experienced crew and provides a professional race team environment to young drivers looking to expand their career. JCR is focused on providing top quality equipment and a winning atmosphere. In addition, JCR offers a full service preparation/restoration shop for any type of racecar. JCR services include full chassis, suspension, engine, and transmission preparation/restoration.

 

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Below you can read part of the USF 2000 Series’ newsletter announcing the new pilot:

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BROWNSBURG, Ind. – John Cummiskey Racing is pleased to announce that Lucas Kohl will drive their number 34 (Bellko Trading) car for the 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

In 2015, Kohl competed in karting in his native Brazil and won a state Super Kart championship before racing in the National Brazilian Karting Championship. Kohl won the 2014 Formula Junior championship winning eight out of 16 races.

“I’m very excited to work with John Cummiskey Racing,” said Kohl. “He is well known for his dedication to the team and attention to every detail. The team has Louis D’Agostino, a very dedicated and smart engineer who has helped many youngsters in their careers. Roberto Moreno, an experienced F1 and IndyCar driver, will also be helping me to catch up with the knowledge that I will need in my first year of racing in the U.S. I’m confident that together we will strive to perform at the top level and achieve good results in this very competitive championship. I want to thank the team for the chance to race with them on the Mazda Road to Indy.”

“I’m really looking forward to having Lucas on the team,” said Cummiskey. “We had a really good test with Lucas last season and we’re looking forward to seeing him perform in the 34 JCR entry. With how competitive karting is in Brazil, it is great to have a champion join our team and the Mazda Road to Indy.”

The 2016 USF2000 season kicks off with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida during the weekend of March 11th through 13th.

Lucas Kohl testing new car

Lucas Kohl testing new car

For more information on Lucas Kohl, follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lucas1kohl, Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/lucas1kohl and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lucas1kohl.

For more information, log on to http://www.johncummiskeyracing.com, and follow the team on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jcummiskeyracing, Twitter at https://twitter.com/followJCRacing and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/johncummiskeyracing.

 

Bellko and Kaldi Café Gourmet formalize partnership

01 November 2015

Recently, Bellko and Fazenda Harmonia, the producers of Kaldi Café Gourmet, have formalized a partnership to export high quality brazilian coffee to Europe and other foreign markets.

Logo DouradoKaldi Gourmet Coffee is a 100 % Arabica coffee, certified in the Gourmet Category by ABIC – Brazilian Association of Coffee Industry.

Presenting an intense aroma and flavor, soft beverage, full-bodied and with a medium-light roasting level, Kaldi coffee’s acidity is reminiscent of citrus, a feature that is often requested by the best coffee tasters of Brazil and the world, who have given several awards to the coffee, among them the 1st place in the category Pulped Coffee Cherry Beans at the contest Norte Pioneiro (Pioneer North) in Paraná.

Like previously said, the coffee is produced by Fazenda Harmonia, a large coffee plantation that has recently won the UTZ certification, for sustainable farming. The plantation is located in the Brazilian state of Paraná, known for the quality coffee that is produced there.

Both Bellko and Kaldi Café Gourmet are very positive about the partnership, expecting to take high quality Brazilian coffee to foreign markets, at reasonable prices and in large quantities.

Tobacco crop 2014/15 has seen increased productivity and lower the average price

This season has seen increased productivity and lower average price.

With 80% of the crop 2014/15 already marketed in the three southern states, the Tobacco Growers Association of Brazil (Afubra) announced over the weekend that there was an increase in productivity, in addition to a lower average price for Virginia tobacco, the most common in the region. The numbers are based on a survey conducted by the entity with 1,759 farmers in Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Paraná states.

According to the entity, the average productivity in the tobacco fields for the Virginia kind is 2,521 kilograms per hectare, so far. During the same period, last season, the average was 2,456 kilograms per hectare, ranging from 3%. Despite the slight increases in the average prices practiced by the industry, since the beginning of May – about 5%,  Afubra found that the increase is of 6.4%, which was agreed upon by most companies, wasn´t actually passed to the growers.The average increase should stay at 4%, no more than that. That is, there will be a decline in the price compared to the previous season.

For the 2015/16 crop, which is already being prepared in regions such as southern Santa Catarina and Vale do Rio Pardo, in Rio Grande do Sul, the orientation of Afubra is for producers to reduce the crop by about 10 %.