Amazi Certified Paleo Chili and Lime Jackfruit Chews

Amazi Foods

Our products do good, but are they good for you? Absolutely!

That’s what makes Amazi unique — our commitment to making you feel good doesn’t stop at the source. What’s the point of mindfully making snacks that are anything but? We’re committed to handcrafting products that are just as good for you as they are “good” by nature — as nutrient dense as can be and designed with you and your health in mind.

About the Brand

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.

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.

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 country by partnering with Ugandan businesses. Together, our 100% made-in-Uganda products build skills, market access, and create connection in our supply chains.

Thank you so much for choosing Amäzi and joining our mindful mission. It means the world to me! Happy snacking! RD

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Renee Dunn Amazi Foods founder

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FAQs

What does "Amäzi" mean?

Amazi means “water” in Luganda. To us, water is the essence of growth, and here at Amäzi, we’re committed to growing agricultural supply chains. Symbolically, you can’t grow without Amäzi. Plus, we love that it’s similar to “amazing” – talk about positive word association!

Is Amazi Certified Organic?

All Amäzi products are organically grown, but not certified organic – yet!  What does this mean?

While we recognize the importance of Certified Organic and have started the process of getting our Organic Certification, we also have spent quite a bit of time building up relationships with what we call “transitional” farmers, and we do our best to include those who are working toward certifications into our sourcing model.

From initial training to final audits, certifying farmers can take up to three years. It’s not only a huge commitment for brands to get Organic Certification, but also for the suppliers they work with. It’s an investment. It’s asking them to farm at a higher standard, to do away with any “lazy” chemically subsidized farming methods, to plant barriers and to intercrop with nitrogen enriching beans or coffee, to conduct more checks, to keep records, and ultimately, to be patient.

While farmers go through this “transitional” time, many of the buyers who commit to Organic cannot purchase from them, until all audits are complete and finalized. They would risk their certification if they prematurely sourced, and we respect that. In our experience working directly with farmer’s groups, this is a big ask for smallholder farmers, and we want to reward them for their hard work along the way – we want to keep them encouraged.

With that, while we don’t require all farmers in our network to be Organic Certified, we do require they’re undergoing organic training and checks. Hence, our label “Organically Grown and Made in Uganda.”

Are Amäzi Snacks nut-free?

Our products and facility are free of tree nuts and peanuts, but please note that our Salted Coconut Oil contain Coconut Oil.

Is Amäzi Gluten-Free?

While Amäzi is not certified Gluten Free, it has no gluten containing ingredients and is both packaged and handled in a gluten free space. There are no wheat products in any of our production locations..

Why don't Amäzi plantain chips taste like the chips I'm used to?

Great question. Amäzi takes a unique approach to plantain chips – we dry and roast them, instead of frying or high-temp roasting in lots of oil. The result? A hearty crunch and bold flavor, but without any of the grease. Sometimes, they’ll taste like a cross between dried fruit and a chip, with a hint of caramelization to them. They’ll have a denser texture, due to the drying process, which may give them a bit more bite, but we find that to be much more satisfying – and perfect for topping your yogurt, smoothie bowls, salads, or dunking in your favorite dip!

Is Amäzi kid-friendly?

Yes! While we might recommend you steer clear of the spicy flavors, we find kids these days have refined pallets and even love our Ginger Turmeric or Ginger Lime Jackfruit Chews as a replacement for highly processed fruit chews.

Do note, our plantain chips and jackfruit chews may have a denser texture (heartier crunch and chew due to drying process!), so they might not be ideal for very young kids.

Is Amäzi woman-owned?

Certified Woman-Owned and proud of it!

What do you mean by “direct trade”?

We believe in building partnerships that are direct and open with the farmers from which we source. We include them in conversations on pricing, seasonality, partnership arrangements, and more, so that they can make informed, fair decisions while we work together. We aim to cut out any third parties, with our production teams purchasing directly from farming cooperatives or family-owned farms.

Under standard practice, farmers will sell crops to passing middlemen, who then sell produce for hiked up prices in trading centers and markets. Because of their remote locations, farmers are often at the mercy of passing traders, and therefore, cannot ensure fair pricing. This not only results in unfair earnings for farming communities, it also has implications for levels of food waste. Whatever is unsold or unused is left to rot – both at the market and farm level.

Direct Trade requires a negotiated contract, under which both suppliers and farming communities have agreed to fair purchase levels and prices. Farmers groups can expect consistent purchases with a price point depending on seasonality. Ultimately, this is the nature of a direct relationship. Being honest, knowing the farmers at the source, and letting the farmers know us – as well.

How does Amäzi ensure transparency?

We love this question. As a small business, we do what we can with our resources, changing supply chain, and limited metrics available, but we strive to always improve. We have a vision of increased transparency and traceability. We want people to know where their food is coming from, and why we do what we do – and we want to be held accountable for it!

We’re committed to sharing the what’s and how’s on both sides – having direct and open conversations with our partners at the source; sharing our sourcing practices through social media, answering any questions that come our way, and committing to detailed batch tracking that can be traced all the way back to the farming communities.

How can I get Amazi in a store near me?!

We’re working hard to get Amazi in stores across the country – after all, we want everyone to be able to Snack on Purpose! Request us in a store near you or shoot us a message via our Contact page.

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