Friday, March 28, 2008

My First Sambazon Experience

Written by Shayne McIntyre, Team Sambazon Pro Surfer

I had bought the plain Sambazon Açaí frozen sticks at Henrys because I had noticed this psychedelic Amazon Indian staring at me from the frozen bin. Thought why not, and I liked the fact that they made a version without sugar. I then went home and mixed it in a smoothie with bananas/mangoes/honey etc... it's still my favorite way eat Sambazon.

Shannon and I are stoked to align ourselves with a company like Sambazon that pays attention to more than profits...We respect that Sambazon looks to better those in the Amazon through their various efforts in the region and abroad. It's fun to make money, it's even better when you can share the wealth.

Shayne McIntyre – Sambazonian


Shannon & Shayne McIntyre, along with their son Banyan, just started a TV show called "On Surfari" for FuelTV. They travel to crazy weird places to surf, while making it culturally/historically/politically educational, throw in some food & interaction, a joke or two, and get all personal. We at Sambazon love the show and think you will too, so check it out here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Adelmo Jr. - The Conscious Bowl

Pro skateboarder and Sambazon ambassador Adelmo Jr. teaches us the secret to his favorite Açaí bowl.

If you think you can do it better.. .DO IT! Get your video recipe on youtube and email the link to

Monday, March 10, 2008

I do not drink the Coke, I only eat the Açaí

Written by Pato Banton, legendary reggae artist.

One of the things I love most about Brazil is the fact that you can stop at almost any corner store and get a 100% natural fruit smoothie made while you wait. I used to watch the natives lining up to purchase a dark purple, very thick and rich looking beverage. My curiosity got the better of me and once I tried the Açaí experience I was hooked.

Sambazon has created the most authentic Açaí experience outside of the Amazon

I love all the Sambazon products but my favorite has got to be the Original Açaí Sorbet as it reminds of being on the coastline of Brazil.

I like to eat it with sliced bananas when it's just about to melt. MMMMMMMMMMMMM It's the same feel good experience as eating ice cream except it leaves me feeling totally re-energized.

The conservation of the environment through sustainable business is the only intelligent way forward to reverse the condition that exists on the planet today. If human beings are going to be mass consumers, we also need to be mass producers of renewable resources. I love and support Sambazon because of their business ethics and conscious approach to the preservation of the Amazon Rainforest and the economy of the local community.

One Love Always

Pato Banton

Monday, March 3, 2008

Blog #1 ala Stroup

I’ve decided to take some time to reflect on how far Sambazon has come since I’ve been with the company. March 2008 will be my two year anniversary. Two years of hitting the mean streets of LA County and beyond.

March 2006: Sambazon was on the cusp of a new era in sales. Conventional markets such as Vons/Pavilions, Albertsons and Stater Brothers were just around the corner. We were about to make the big jump from the natural foods world to the mainstream market most of the US frequents. Augh...explaining ACAI, organic and omegas to the masses. This was not going to be an easy one.

We came onto the Vons/Pavilions scene with a bang. Straight into the produce department, nudged between Odwalla and Naked. Not too shabby for the new guys on the block. Then the demos began. (This is where it gets good.) The questions I’ve heard have never ceased to amaze or entertain me. “Is there chocolate in there? Why is it so dark?” INSERT BERRY EXPLINATION. “Oh. So it’s made from blueberries?” No, the berry is actually purple and 98% seed. They’re about the size of a blueberry but grow on palm trees in the Amazon. “So they’re blueberries from the Amazon?”

2007: We launched in Albertsons and Bristol Farms in Southern California. Both have embraced us with open arms. The Acai buzz is spreading and stores want what we’ve got-the best Acai on the market. Our growth has been amazing this year. March 2006, I oversaw approximately 24 accounts. Today it’s 188 accounts! Throughout all this growth, we’ve managed to stick to our roots as a fair trade, sustainable, organic company. Something to be proud of!

On a personal level, I’ve listened to every cd and tape I own and now have ventured into the world of talk radio. Next is books on tape. Maybe even a foreign language cd. My car is my mobile office and second home at times. As we keep growing, I keep going.

So cheers to 2008 and the adventure that awaits us all. Cheers to the group of amazingly dedicated people who work for this company all of the way from Brazil to the US. We are putting the vision to reality!!

"In this great future you can’t forget your past." - Bob Marley

- written by Jennifer Stroup (Southern California Sales Manager)