Functional fruits for beverages
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.