SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Nov 07, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sambazon, the leading global supplier of the Amazon superfood Acai berry, has been named a winner in the small - medium business category for the Secretary of State's prestigious 2006 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). 2006 ACE Winners were announced by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on November 6 at an awards ceremony at the State Department in Washington, DC. United States companies were chosen from 55 nominations submitted by American Ambassadors around the world. The other two A.C.E. winners named were General Motors for their work in Columbia and Goldman Sachs for their work in Chile.
"Sambazon is an outstanding example of the positive impact that a small company can make to the economy, the environment and the society of its host country," said Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State at the 2006 A.C.E. Ceremony. "Sambazon was selected for efforts to promote sustainable development in the Brazilian Rainforest, while improving the conditions of indigenous people through creative marketing of the acai fruit."
Guided by the principles of market driven conservation, Sambazon pioneered the first of its kind Fair Trade and Certified Organic Supply Chain of acai in Brazil and helped create worldwide awareness of the acai berry. With the opening of the world's largest proprietary acai manufacturing facility in the Amazon last month, Sambazon is now a vertically integrated supplier and marketer of Acai 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 and taste. These efforts have created sustainable employment for thousands of small family farmers and help protect biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest by making the forest more valuable standing than being cut down.
"We are deeply honored to win this very meaningful award. The definition of success in business has evolved. The future is based on the principles of a triple bottom line which promotes social, environmental, and economic success. More directly, triple bottom line businesses promote economic efficiency, ecological conservation, and social equality," said Ryan Black, Founder/CEO, Sambazon. "The mission of a social entrepreneur is to use business to create positive social change. We are proud to represent sustainable agriculture and socially responsible business in this forum."
Sambazon is the global leader in Acai consumer products, wholesale Acai pulp, powder and other Amazon superfoods. Founded in 2000 as the first company to bring the antioxidant-rich Acai 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 Acai Smoothies and Juice, Frozen Acai Smoothie Packs and Sorbet, Ready-to-Blend Acai Concentrates, Acai PowerCaps(TM) and Acai PowerScoop(TM) 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, Albertsons, Meijer, Vitamin Shoppe, Jamba Juice and Juice It Up! Sambazon has pioneered the first of its kind Fair Trade and Certified Organic supply chain of Acai which benefits thousands of local families and protects the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest through sustainable agriculture. With the launch of the first of its kind acai manufacturing facility in the Amazon, Sambazon is the only vertically integrated supplier and marketer of Acai 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 Acai and creating positive change in the Amazon and beyond please visit us at www.sambazon.com.