Sambazon Honored by U.S. State Department

December 11, 2006

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Sambazon Honored by U.S. State Department

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—Sambazon was awarded the U.S. Secretary of State’s 2006 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) in the small-medium business category. The awards were created in 1999 to recognize the positive role American companies can play abroad; this year, 55 U.S. companies were nominated by American ambassadors around the globe for the award. At an awards ceremony in Washington, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said: “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. 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.”

Sambazon pioneered its Fair Trade and certified organic supply chain of acai in Brazil, and helped create worldwide awareness of the acai berry. In October 2006, the company opened the world’s largest proprietary acai manufacturing facility, based in the Amazon, ensuring full integration of its supply and manufacturing processes.

“We are deeply honored to win this very meaningful award,” said Ryan Black, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Sambazon ( “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. 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 also a member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), and OTA’s executive director, Caren Wilcox, attended the ACE awards ceremony. “Ryan Black and the Sambazon team deserve all the recognition bestowed upon them today and more,” Wilcox said. “Sambazon produces a delicious, nutritious organic product, while benefiting the economic situation of indigenous people and the vitality of the Amazon rainforest. Sambazon is truly a new model for American business, and I am delighted that the State Department chose to honor them and their commitment to the environment.”

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