Organic Farming Acai – Bio EcoBrazil

What do you get if you mix Nasa technology with organic farming? High quality acai, freeze dried and ready to ship around the world.

Bio EcoBrazil has been supplying certified organic and bio-dynamically farmed acai for years. However, they have recently started using the same technology that NASA invented to supply astronauts with food, to freeze dry their acai.

Acai is a berry that the Brazilians love.  You can find it almost everywhere in the country. As a drink, a kind of yogurt, smoothy, mixed with bananas, all sorts of ways! It has smooth energy properties, so it doesn’t give you the instant kick of a coffee, but a slower release of energy over time.  Brazilians will often have it for a dessert after lunch, or sometimes, as a complete meal all on it’s own.

The international market to this tasty berry is opening it up, but the berry pulp doesn’t have a long shelf-life.  It needs to be refrigerated. But with a freeze-dried berry, that problem doesn’t exist. Not only does it travel well, it’s farmed organically, certified to Brazilian “IBD” bio dynamic standards, and it’s soon to be fair trade too.  Really it already is, it just takes a while to get the documentation in place.

“The international market understands organic and fair trade, and they are willing to pay for it.  Until we started freeze drying acai, we couldn’t get it to them.  Now we can.”  CEO and Founder, Leonilda Fagundes

Leonilda and Max

CEO Leonilda Fagundes, founder of Bio EcoBrazil, and her business partner, Max Dufranck

When I spoke to them, I could see the entrepreneurial spirit in their eyes.  Driven and passionate, they are ready for international success.

Leonilda got started in organic farming more than 10 years ago, and with German investors.  Now running her own company, once again she is open to investment.

If you are interested to find out more, check the Bio EcoBrazil Website here.  And if you are tempted in being a distributor, I think they’d also like to hear from you too!

Sustainable farming in the Amazon – 100% Amazonia

My first social entrepreneur meeting in Belem with was with Fernanda Stefani of 100%Amazonia.  I contacted Fernanda through StartUp Stay, and despite being a busy entrepreneur, she was able to send me some great information on the area.

When I called to the office, I passed barrels of fruit pulp ready to be shipped to china, and acai roots ready to be shipped to the United States.  For this is what 100% Amazonia does.  It connects the local farmers of the Amazon, with the companies of the world that would like their produce.  It provides fair prices to indigenous farmers, helps them collaborate to get the best deals, and then operates all the logistics of international trade.  I’ll let Fernanda explain.

I was treated to a cup of thick, rich acai juice – it was some of the finest I have had in a country that loves acai.  But it’s not just Brazil that loves the juice, the international market is opening up to it as well.  In the UK, they already supply the Acai for Mangajo juice, and recently the ingredients for speciality Amazonian beers.  Business and revenue has been doubling every year since they started in 2009.


The Amazon is rich in vegetation that can be sustainably harvested by local farmers, but how can they get these products to market?  As Fernanda explained, international shipping logistics and documentation is quite complex, and negotiating with large companies would be difficult for individual farmers.

By creating a company, along with her partner Joziane Alves, they have managed to find a way to sustainably farm in the Amazon, making sure the farmers get a fair wage for their work.

Now – time for an Amazon beer I think..