Inc.magazine has ranked Sambazon No. 186 on its 26thannual Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.
Sambazon, one of seven companies named in the food & beverage category, markets organic juice and smoothie beverages, frozen smoothie packs, sorbets and supplements with acai – a very nutritious purple berry that grows in the Amazon Rainforest.
Founded in 2000 as the original company to pioneer acai to North America, Sambazon – which stands for "Sustainable Management of the Brazilian Amazon" — is also seen as a "Green" business leader. Guided by the principles of the Triple Bottom Line, which incorporates environmental, social and economic success, Sambazon pioneered a sustainable agro-forestry business model in the Amazon Rainforest and created worldwide awareness of the acai berry. Sambazon’s model helps to combat environmental destruction, works to protect the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest and creates new and ongoing employment for thousands of small family farmers. Last November, Sambazon won the 2006 Secretary of State Award for Corporate Excellence for its work with indigenous communities in Brazil. The story of Sambazon and its work with acai is a true example of how business can do well by doing good.
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"We are deeply honored to be included among these impressive companies and part of a new generation of business leaders," said Ryan Black, CEO/Founder of Sambazon. "We formed our company with a mission of sharing this amazing fruit with the world while making a direct positive impact on the Amazon Rainforest. The growth of our company – and growing demand for acai in the world marketplace – has helped to provide solid proof that a small business based on the Triple Bottom Line can make a significant difference in the world. It is our hope that Sambazon’s business model will inspire other social entrepreneurs to develop sustainable business models as solutions for environmental and social issues, including poverty and protection of biodiversity."
Complete information on this year’s Inc. 500, including company profiles and a list of the fastest-growing companies that can be sorted by industry and region can be found atwww.inc.com/inc5000.
About Sambazon:Sambazon is the global market leader in Consumer Branded and value added industrial Açaí products. 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 promote the sustainable management of the Brazilian Amazon by marketing the highest quality Açaí products to consumers worldwide. Sambazon’s product line of Organic Açaí Juice and Smoothies, Frozen Açaí Smoothie Packs and Sorbets and Açai Supplements 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, Super Target, Safeway, HEB, Albertsons, Jamba Juice, Smoothie King, Tully’s and Juice It Up! and are a healthful addition in "Green Cafeterias" at Yahoo and Google corporate offices. Sambazon is also a "green" business leader among Food and Beverage companies. In November of 2006, Sambazon was named a winner of the Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence for helping to create worldwide awareness and demand for the açaí fruit while supporting local indigenous communities in Brazil. Sambazon create the first of its kind Fair Trade and Certified Organic supply chain of Açaí which continues to benefit thousands of local families and protects biodiversity in the Amazon Rainforest. Sambazon is the largest vertically integrated supplier and marketer of Açaí products, controlling every step of the manufacturing process to ensure sustainable 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 atwww.sambazon.com
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