Awí Superfoods was born on the island of Marajó with a triple mission: promoting new models to regenerate and enhance the Amazon rainforest and keep it standing, through an eco-farm school that promotes syntropic agriculture and the revitalization of the agroindustry of a cooperative that will process various fruits; improve the lives of riverine communities and urban populations through the dissemination of socioenvironmental technologies such as solar lanterns, electric boats and socio-emotional education in schools; and spread health and well-being through so-called superfoods.
Its first product, a superfood sorbet, is a mix of açai with other superfoods, following the concept of evolutionary nutrition, and is for sale in southeastern Brazil, with restaurants, retailers, e-commerce and in companies that seek wellness solutions, engagement and social responsibility.
The business studies and develops production chains, values forest biodiversity via R&D partners and seeks to follow circular economy principles. Through cooperatives, Awí supports local farmers, teaching techniques, providing seedlings and other solutions to regenerate the forest and generate wealth for the riverine communities. In addition, 3% of the proceeds from the sale of açai sorbet will go to impact projects – tree planting, donations to 30 NGOs via WeLight and other social projects in the region.
“Eating with awareness is more than 50% of the planet’s ecological battle and it is also our great opportunity to reverse the growing wave of diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cancer. When we consume conventional foods, we poison the planet and our bodies. Imagine the opposite, a food that has a regenerative impact on the forest, brings solutions to the riverine communities and also brings health to consumers, being a combo of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibers. Our mission is to create the easiest, most delicious and nutritious tool to generate a positive impact, at a critical point for the survival of the Amazon,” says Derek Brett Gallo, co-founder of Awí.
STAGE OF BUSINESS
ORGANIZATION OF THE BUSINESS
ABOUT THE BUSINESS
Manufacturing of açai sorbet + superfoods, the main product to structure the business. Eco Syntropic school farms and small agro-industries in partnership with cooperatives to process fruits and enhance biodiversity.
WHAT DOES IT SOLVE?
Development of a healing cycle and creation of a model to generate value for the regeneration and preservation of the Amazon rainforest, with syntropic agriculture and decentralized agro-industries as the main pillar. Generating sustainable income and improving the lives of riverine communities and local urban populations through the dissemination of various socioenvironmental technologies. Improve consumer health via superfoods and evolutionary nutrition concepts.
POSITIVE SOCIOENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
It studies and develops productive chains and values the biodiversity of the forest. It supports local farmers by teaching techniques, providing seedlings and other solutions to increase productivity in a sustainable manner and also brings solutions for sanitation, transportation, energy, education, security, etc. In addition to the direct impact, 3% of the sale of açai sorbet will also be used for impact projects in the region (plantations, donations to NGOs via WeLight and other social projects).
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
ZERO HUNGER AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
The first product is açai sorbet. Locally, IT sells other farm products (manioc, corn and fruit).
35 students received training in agroforestry; purchase of inputs from communities in the region; began the distribution of sorbet in B2C and B2B models.
DOES IT MAKE ITS PURPOSE CLEAR?
DOES IT MONITOR ITS IMPACT?
DEREK BRETT GALLO, ALINE IGLESIAS E ROBERTO EMÍLIO LOPES