Founded in 2000, Sambazon is a socially and environmentally conscious company that uses organic food and beverages as vehicles for positive change. Sambazon ethically sources Amazon Superfoods, like açaí, acerola and guarana, to make fresh juices, smoothies and frozen products that offer pioneering nutrition, epic taste and higher consciousness. To this day, Sambazon’s Fair Trade partnership helps protect the Amazon rainforest and benefits more than 10,000 family farmers in Brazil, while bringing consumers the next level in superfood nutrition. Sambazon products are widely available in health food stores, grocers, and juice bars throughout North America and 6 other countries.

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Project Executive Summary

Team MAVAS collaborated with the beverage producer Sambazon Inc., to design an integrated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions tracking system for its açaí-based products. The goal was to summarize the findings of 3 previous EL projects (Small Footprints, Special Ops and Eco Warriors) into one cohesive report and tracker that could assist Sambazon in reporting GHG emissions to Walmart and the CDP.

Only scope 1 & 2 emissions are required by the CDP at this time (Sambazon falls under the Small & Medium Enterprise category). Scope 3 may be required in the future, if Sambazon continues to grow and the cutoff for SME status remains the same.

MAVAS built a tracking system that includes an Excel database that tracks emissions for production volumes of açaí pulp to be distributed and processed by Sambazon USA, and a process methodology for collecting emissions data on finished products co-packed at a third party co-packer. The database has been designed so it is simple to use, directly applicable to the Carbon Disclosure Project, and transferable to similar processes should Sambazon expand the scope of its emissions tracking and operations in the future.

Scope 1 & 2 emissions impacts are low due to the use of environmentally preferable energy sources in their Brazil facility. Sambazon’s biggest emissions impact comes from scope 3 in transportation of refrigerated goods. These emissions are not required by the CDP at this point, but it is recommended that Sambazon integrate third party tracking software that can track, verify, and submit the emissions results.