Until fifty years ago, Acai berries were virtually an unknown Amazonian fruit. Today these health-promoting berries are creating a global sensation! The Acai craze took root in the late nineties in the United States when California surfer Ryan Black was wowed by the Acai berry on a trip to Brazil in 1999. He and his brother Jeremy brought these berries across the border and founded “Sambazon” in 2001, which promoted and sold Acai fruit juice in a variety of appetizing products to health conscious Americans.The Rising Popularity of Acai Berries
In 2005 the sales of Acai products reached $3.8 million and rose to $13.5 million in 2007 in the natural foods sector. Acai berry products continue to expand as does its popularity.Market research organizations like Mintel have predicted the Acai berry as “the next big star”. Mintel’s Consulting Director Lynn Dornblaser says, “It [Acai] has a strong exotic appeal, bolstered by its Amazonian origin. We really see the fruit as the one to watch for ingredient sourcing in the future”.Sales of packaged-smoothies have also shown a sharp rise every year according to Information Resources Inc. This is largely attributed to the popular demand of smoothies containing superfruits like Acai, pomegranate and even green tea.
The chilled Acai fruit drink, prepared by soaking, squeezing and straining the rich purple juice from the berries is popular among Brazilian locals as a tasty, highly nutritious and energizing brew. The Acai fruit juice is also used in the preparation of several foods especially desserts, ice-creams and other beverages. Scientific evidence reveals the wealth of nutritional properties and health benefits of Acai berries. They are rich in vitamins B, C, and E, several minerals like potassium, copper and manganese, essential amino acids, healthy fats like omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids and dietary fiber. Most importantly they contain a substantial source of anthocyanins, known to be effective anti-oxidants. In fact it is one of the foods with the highest concentration of antioxidants.
Superior Manufacturing Using Freeze-Dried Technology
Acai berries are easily perishable and lose their nutritious value quickly. Only freeze-dried technology preserves the natural nutrients of the Acai berries to create a more superior Acai product than berries that are spray dried. Companies using other methods like spray dried obviously forfeit much of the natural nutrients of the Acai berry. Adding sugar and preservatives to the product will also counter-effect the health-promoting values found in Acai berries. Quality manufacturing will ensure maximum preservation of nutrients through every stage of the Acai manufacturing process. Freeze-dried technology ensures that Acai berries retain the natural nutrients of freshly picked berries. The process takes place within 24 hours of berry picking and the entire process is completed within the jungles of the Amazon, where the berry is found. From the Amazon jungles, the freeze-dried berries are specially transported to different parts of the world.
Acai Berries: Projected to Help America Lose Weight
Acai berries are known to detoxify the body, increase mental alertness, increase stamina and energy and accelerate metabolism. However, by far the most popular use of the Acai berries has been by those looking to lose weight. By increasing body metabolism Acai berries help accelerate the transit of fat thus decreasing the absorption of undesired fat by the body. The fiber content in the Acai berry also helps to satiate hunger, making it an extremely popular product for weight loss management. What better option can a manufacturer offer a health conscious consumer than nature’s wonder found in Acai berries? This tasty health food is packed with a remarkable mix of invigorating ingredients, which not only promotes good health by several means, but also aids in weight loss!A few of Acai
- Acai Fruit Concentrates/Powders
- Acai Capsules or Pills
- Acai Energy Drinks
- Acai Smoothies
- Acai Nutrition Bars
- Health Cereals
- Acai Toppings
Future of Weight Loss Products
With more Americans struggling with being overweight, not to mention the high health risks related to obesity, the demand for weight loss products will only increase. And with consumer preference for more “natural” methods, the Acai berry has a prominent, exciting and profitable role to play in the future of weight loss products.