Acai-Zone LLC is a
complete source for many of the world’s most popular raw materials
and the latest technologies for finished products. The importer and
exporter custom manufactures using quality ingredients, and has strategic
alliances with leading processors. Acai-Zone
purchases exotic and mainstream fruits and plants – including acai,
mango, strawberry, pineapple, mangosteen, goji, camu camu, guarana, Malabar
tamarind, guava, cupuacu, noni, pomegranate, passion fruit and cili –
from the Amazon rainforest in Brazil and around the globe.
Acai-Zone provides container loads and smaller of
fruit juice, pulps, purees, concentrates and powders (freeze-dried and
drum-dried) that can be used in nutritional supplements and functional
beverage applications. The company also has the exclusive distribution
rights to a new acai oil that can be used in cosmetics, foods and
nutraceutical applications. Acai oil can be custom formulated and enhanced
with other vitamins and nutrients to fit specific suppliers’needs.
As the health and wellness industry is becoming
increasingly demanding, the interest in potent antioxidants continues to
increase and has launched acai into the mainstream. The fruit contains a
high level of antioxidants and vitamins B1, B2, B3, E, C, phosphorus,
calcium, potassium, fiber, proteins and beneficial fatty acids. Acai can
stand alone in a beverage with its unique flavor and dark purple color, or
can be blended with other tropical fruits to enhance color and add
sweetness. Additionally, camu camu, a plant with a high vitamin C content;
goji, a fruit with purported anti-aging and immunity benefits; autumn
berry, a source of lycopene; and cili, a fruit found in China with a high
concentration of vitamin C, are growing in use in the functional beverage
category. – Acai-Zone LLC, 18 Technology
Drive, Suite 145, Irvine, Calif. 92618; 949/450-0675; www.acai-zone.com.
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