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Bold flavors, bold mission. Amazi Foods is a mindful food company here to help you Snack on Purpose with our 100% made-in-Uganda tropical fruit snacks. Started by female-founder, Renee Dunn, in 2016, Amazi partners directly with farmers and small businesses in Uganda to make our unique, vegan, nutrient-dense Jackfruit Chews - sticky, chewy, sweet bites packed with fiber - and Plantain Chips - dried never fried, hearty, grease-free crunch. Each comes in 3 delectable flavors that highlight these carefully sourced fruits, and are simply made with fruit and spices. No additives or preservatives, added sugars, or hydrogenated oils.
But beyond this, these plant based powerhouses serve as a means to create a more sustainable and equitable supply chain. By partnering with communities in Uganda to make our products from start to finish, we encourage local food manufacturing, job creation, and access to a global market that has previously made it difficult for producers in developing countries to enter.
Amazi is distributed nationally in over 700 stores - like Sprouts Market, The Fresh Market, select Ralphs and Albertsons locations, Foxtrot Market, Erewhon Market - as well as online at Amazon, SnackMagic, Misfits Market and amazifoods.com. Featured previously in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Healthyish, Simply Gluten Free, Martha Stewart Magazine, Forbes, Food Navigator, and more.
Amazi was founded in April 2016. My lease was up, so I left my job managing a yoga studio, and boarded a plane back to Uganda.
Well, I studied abroad and did my thesis research in Uganda. While living there, I was blown away by their organic tropical fruits, bursting with flavors unlike back at home. But stand after stand, people traded fruits raw or looked for cheap ways of processing or exporting. I had heard stories about cocoa farmers never seeing a chocolate bar. This anecdote sums up a lot about our supply chains as a whole.
The heart of the problem
Those at the resource were completely separate from the opportunity and innovation that existed in the global market—resulting in high unemployment and food waste. Meanwhile, back at home, consumers looking for products that serve a higher purpose, there was a huge opportunity missed not only for local industry and job creation, but also to satisfy a growing need for US consumers.
Connecting the dots
As someone who is deeply embedded in the world of wellness and natural products—having taught yoga for several years, started a fitness coaching company in college, and had been through my own trials and tribulations with gut issues and disordered eating—I connected the dots. My solution was to connect this ingenuity, drive, and bounty with folks who crave both good food AND story—presumably, YOU!
We now source directly from farmers, keep production in the country by partnering with Ugandan businesses. Together, our 100% made-in-Uganda products build skills, market access, and create connections in our supply chains.
Renee DunnAbout the Founder
"Keeping open lines of communication and making that the norm for customers, so that eventually, only the brands that truly engage in the conversation stand out. Going beyond just labeling and making claims, and being willing to open discussion and peel back curtains.”- Renee Dunn, Founder- Amazi Foods
Get the person who loves to snack throughout the day some healthy, rather addictive jackfruit chews that taste “like the tropical love child of an apple, banana, mango, and pineapple.”
“Jackfruit is a great meat alternative, and Amazi sources all its jackfruit from a women-owned cooperative in Uganda.”
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Every week we have the pleasure of featuring a leading founders on our Founder Spotlight series. To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, we want to give a special shoutout to some of the incredible women founders building a sustainable and plant-based world that we’ve been lucky to feature. Be sure to keep your eyes on these women as they keep disrupting the beauty, fashion, farming, and food world!
Founder Spotlight: Renee Dunn (Amazi Foods)
In all honesty, I can eat bags on bags of these. What’s good about these plantain chips are they are actually not fried but dried and roasted so it’s kind of healthy. The chili spice gives it this nice kick to it so combined with the natural sweetness of the plantain you get that ultimate flavor combo of spicy, sweet, and salty.
Today on Real-World Branding, we have Founder & CEO of Amazi Foods, Renee Dunn. We talk about how Renee started her company after leaving her job and boarding a plane back to Uganda, purpose-driven snacks, and doing good in business.
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Amazi Jackfruit Chews
Think of these like a grownup version of fruit roll ups – they’re made with tropical jackfruit, which has been dried so it's still chewy and sticky. The added zing is a touch of anti-inflammatory spice – there are three different flavors containing chili, ginger and turmeric. The yummy chews also contain no added sugar and an 80-calorie, 1.1oz. (30g) serving has 5g of fiber.
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Amäzi Foods is a woman-owned business founded by Renee Dunn of Washington, DC. She's on a mission to help you “Snack On Purpose” with Amäzi's healthy, innovative fruit snacks that are made in partnership with small businesses and female farmers in Uganda.
The snacks are made of simple, nutrient-dense ingredients--are vegan, paleo and organically grown!
A taste of the feature:
Renee Dunn, tell us what Amazi is and how it came to be.
Renee Dunn: So, Amazi is a mindful food company. We’re on a mission to help you Snack on Purpose with our 100% Made-in-Uganda snacks. Each of our products are really bold in their flavors and their textures, and really bold in their mission.
I started Amazi after living in Uganda and noticing two things.
Their fruits are delicious. It was unlike anything I ever tasted in the US market. And it was in abundance and organically grown. So, I immediately thought how people in the US would love it.
But then, I also noticed is that nobody locally was thinking about entering the US market that way. Everybody was used to participating only at the resource level. If you think about fair trade or ethical sourcing in a way that supports the farmers and their growth, they weren’t used to seeing opportunities beyond the farm level.
That type of business model essentially creates this big gap in our supply chain where people would grow the product and the fruits without ever really seeing the final item. They don’t get to see the innovation on the shelf, they don’t get to try new flavors, and they don’t get that market access.
So, I figured that we could come up with products that were a hundred percent made in Uganda, that supported local businesses and created local jobs, and allowed more value to stay in the Ugandan economy as opposed to shipping it out elsewhere to be created elsewhere. And that’s how Amazi came to be.
Renee is the Founder and CEO Amazi www.amazifoods.com - a mindful food company importing Organic, Direct Trade Ugandan food products to reduce food waste, create job opportunities, and encourage business development.
Renee Dunn, founder and CEO of Amäzi Foods, joins Sheiny to discuss her passion for intertwining entrepreneurship, healthy foods, and supporting Uganda. We go into depth behind starting her own business from the ground up, the headfirst dive she took quitting her job and buying a one-way ticket to Uganda to see if she could put her vision to action, and the lessons she's learned from understanding the sourcing and supply chains in a developing country.
There is so many amazing qualities to these Amäzi snacks. To start, they use real ingredients – certified vegan and paleo and made with quality ingredients from Uganda. Uganda has the 2nd largest supply of organic produce in the world.
As part of our series called “5 Things You Need To Create a Successful Food Line or Specialty Food”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Renee Dunn. She studied abroad and did her thesis research in Uganda. While living there, she was blown away by their organic tropical fruits, bursting with flavors unlike back at home. But stand after stand, people traded fruits raw or looked for cheap ways of processing or exporting. She had heard stories about cocoa farmers never seeing a chocolate bar… but realized that this anecdote sums up a lot about our supply chains as a whole.
Amäzi’s innovative flavors and unique textures make for delicious and satisfying snacks. Amäzi goes beyond ethical sourcing, supporting sustainable supply chains and creating connection all through the production of their good-for-you snacks.
Combining her passion for healthy food, her development experience, and her entrepreneurial spirit, Renee founded Amazi in 2016. She is passionate about promoting connected, community-rooted supply chains and thereby encourages localized job creation, business growth, and local value chains.
With its diverse collection of boldly-flavored and wildly-nutritious dried fruit snacks (including plantain chips and jackfruit chews!), Amazi Foods is on a mission to change the category while disrupting the traditional supply chain.
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Amazi was officially founded in April 2016, but has been a dream for years. After studying in Uganda, the founder, Renee, was shocked by the high degree of entrepreneurship, but surprised by the endless piles of tomatoes, plantains, bananas going to waste- There was a lack of business growth, employment opportunities, and variety in product offerings.
Renee was inspired by Issues of competition, huge food waste, and unemployment rates. She wanted to add value to natural resources – by providing growth avenues for entrepreneurs, the unemployed, and farmers.
Launched in November 2016 (founded in April), Amazi Foods are baked, not fried, plantain chips sourced from direct-trade and organic farming cooperatives in Uganda.
Amäzi is an awesome woman owned company based in Washington, DC. The organically grown plantains used to make Amäzi’s chips are ethically sourced and direct trade from farmer cooperatives in Uganda. The plantains are processed in Uganda and shipped, ready to sell here in America. By processing the plantain chips before shipping, some of the value is kept in Uganda which encourages economic growth. I love supporting companies that care about where their food comes from and the people who produce the food.
Amazi is a local, woman-owned, mindful food company on a mission to help you snack on purpose.
Their products are sourced directly from organic farmers groups and made in partnership with small businesses in Uganda. By supporting local supply chains, they inspire sustainable industry, job opportunities, and creative growth within Uganda’s agricultural sector.
Amazi is a mindful food company, selling healthy and organic snacks sourced directly from farming cooperatives and hand-made by local businesses in Uganda.
Amazi is a women-owned mindful food company, selling healthy and organic snacks sourced directly from farming cooperatives and hand-crafted by local businesses in Uganda.
Amazi is a mindful food company, on a mission to help you Snack on Purpose. Our unique Jackfruit Chews and dried-never-fried Plantain Chips are good-for-you snacks that do good, too. By partnering with small businesses and farmers groups in Uganda, we aim to promote job creation, local industry opportunity, and sustainable, connected supply chains.
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