Sambazon – the Original Açaí Company – Opens First-of-its-Kind Açaí Factory in the Amazon Rainforest

San Clemente, CA (August 2006) – Sambazon, the leading global supplier of the Amazon powerfruit Açaí, has announced the completion of a proprietary manufacturing facility in Amapá, Brazil. Located in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest and on the banks of the world’s largest river, the facility solidifies Sambazon as the world’s premier and only vertically integrated manufacturer and marketer of Certified Organic, Fair Trade Açaí products.

Founded in 2000 as the first Company to bring the antioxidant rich Açaí berry from the Amazon to North America, Sambazon’s certified organic product line includes Açaí based smoothies and juices, frozen Acai smoothie packs and sorbet and Açaí supplements – capsules and pure powder scoops. Sambazon’s product line is distributed nationally at Whole Foods Markets, Wild Oats Markets and thousands of independent retailers and grocery stores including Vons, HEB, Safeway, QFC and Meijers.

Sambazon pioneered a sustainable Açaí business model in the Amazon – creating a first of its kind supply chain that ultimately benefits thousands of small family farmers and protects the biodiversity of the rainforest. Sambazon’s efforts in the Amazon were recently recognized by the Ashoka Organization with the Global Social Entrepreneurship award for ‘market driven strategies that benefit low income communities.’

“Vertical integration enables us to ensure that our products are made with the highest standards of quality, nutrition and taste while maintaining competitive pricing,” states Ryan Black, Founder/ CEO, Sambazon. “Our new factory is a key milestone on our mission to produce the highest quality raw material and consumer goods that promote Sustainable Management of the Brazilian Amazon – which is what our company stands for with the acronym SAMBAZON.”

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About Sambazon:
Sambazon is the global leader in Açaí consumer products, wholesale Açaí pulp, powder and other Amazon superfoods. Founded in 2000 as the first company to bring the antioxidant-rich Açaí berry from the Amazon to North America, Sambazon’s mission is to deliver high quality, organic superfood products to the planet. Sambazon’s product line of Organic Smoothies, Frozen Smoothie Packs, Ready-to-Blend Concentrates, Açaí PowerCapsT and Açaí PowerScoopT are enjoyed by world-class athletes and health-conscious consumers everywhere. Products are available at major retail stores and juice bars across North America including Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Safeway, HEB, Vitamin Shoppe, Jamba Juice and Juice It Up! Sambazon has pioneered the first of its kind Fair Trade and Certified Organic supply chain of Açaí which benefits thousands of local families and protects the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest through sustainable agriculture. Sambazon is the only vertically integrated supplier and marketer of Açaí products, controlling every step of the manufacturing process to ensure sustainable and organic origin of the fruit as well as the highest level quality, nutrition, taste.

To learn more about Sambazon Açaí and creating positive change in the Amazon and beyond please visit us at www.sambazon.com.