Zola Açaí was selected as the winning product line in the “Açaí Beverage” category for foodservice and retail. Their “Zola Açaí Original Juice” was judged superior. The judging was conducted “triple blind” in Northern California by a panel of Chef Masters of Taste. The Chef du Jury was famed Mâitre du Goût (Master of Taste) Jesse Sartain.
“We commend the culinary commitment of the staff of Zola Açaí for the excellence and innovation of their product line. We applaud them,” commented Jesse Sartain.
“We are excited and honored that Zola has continued to receive recognition for our Açaí Juice,” Said Chris Cuvelier, President and Founder of Zola. “This is a testament to our superior sourcing, harvesting and processing practices which produce the best tasting Açaí Juice on the planet.”
Zola Açaí was declared a World Beverage Champion.
Founded in 2002 with the goal of creating products that are “Good for You and Good for the Planet,” Zola (www.DrinkZola.com) offers a line of Açaí Superfruit Juices and functional Brazilian Superfruit Smoothies sourced from the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. Committed to social responsibility, Project Zola was created to empower & improve quality of life through creating shelter and a sustainable revenue stream for the indigenous people of the Amazon. Zola always sustainably harvests its Açaí berries, which puts the trees at their highest and best use and ultimately helps protect the trees of the Amazon. For an amazing visual tour of the Zola story, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae9zeqsg140
About American Masters of Taste Judging:
The protocols of “triple blind” judging include the following ground rules to ensure accurate and fair judging results. Evaluators do not know:
1. Who the manufacturer is
2. What the product variety or appellation is
3. What the other evaluators’ scores and comments are
The judging was a part of the ongoing World Culinary Championships founded in 1989 with the establishment of the Chefs In America Awards Foundation, who’s professional Board Members gather weekly to conduct taste tests on a myriad of foodservice and retail grocery products.