SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF. — Sambazon, an acai-based food and beverage company, secured a $45 million investment from Nextworld Evergreen LP, the consumer-focused growth equity fund of San Francisco-based Nextworld LLC.
Headquartered in California with operations in Brazil, Sambazon offers a range of certified organic products, including ready-to-eat acai bowls, frozen super fruit packs and sorbet, energy drinks, juice and frozen desserts including vegan chocolate acai bites. The company has a national presence with distribution in more than 25,000 locations across the natural and conventional grocery and club channels. It also has a growing foodservice business and international distribution in more than 45 countries.
David Fife, partner at NextWorld, will join the Sambazon’s board of directors as part of the transaction.
“We are proud to join with the Sambazon team for the next phase of the company’s growth,” Mr. Fife said. “Sambazon is a market leader built around a deep sense of purpose, innovative açai products, a large addressable global market and a long-term commitment to leveraging their strong growth in the CPG marketplace to build a larger omnichannel brand.”