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Date Established 04/2016
Founder Renee Dunn
Headquarters Washington
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Website https://www.amazifoods.com
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About

Bold flavors, bold mission. Amazi Foods is a mindful food company here to help you Snack on Purpose with their 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 their 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 their products from start to finish, they 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 close to 1000 stores - like Sprouts Market, The Fresh Market, Wegmans, Foxtrot Market, Erewhon Market - as well as online at Amazon, SnackMagic, Misfits Market, Imperfect Foods, and amazifoods.com. Featured previously in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Healthyish, Simply Gluten Free, Martha Stewart Magazine, Forbes, Food Navigator, and more.

Founding Story

Amazi was founded in April 2016. My lease was up, so Renee left her job managing a yoga studio, and boarded a plane back to Uganda.

Why Uganda?

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. 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—Renee connected the dots. Her solution was to connect this ingenuity, drive, and bounty with folks who crave both good food AND story—presumably, YOU!

They now source directly from farmers, keep production in the country by partnering with Ugandan businesses. Together, their 100% made-in-Uganda products build skills, market access, and create connections in their supply chains.

Products

Ginger Turmeric Jackfruit Chews
Ginger Turmeric Jackfruit Chews $5.99
Salted Olive Oil Plantain Chips
Salted Olive Oil Plantain Chips $5.99
Ginger Lime Jackfruit Chews
Ginger Lime Jackfruit Chews $5.99
Chili Lime Jackfruit Chews
Chili Lime Jackfruit Chews $5.99
Moringa Hibiscus Pineapple
Moringa Hibiscus Pineapple $5.99

Team Bios

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Renee Dunn

About the Founder

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While attending Wesleyan University, Renee Dunn, now 29, studied abroad and continued to conduct her thesis research on the state of entrepreneurship in Uganda. After graduating, Renee interned at the Aspen Institute where she focused on entrepreneurial ecosystem analysis. 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. Beyond Amazi, Renee has worked in fitness and wellness for over 11 years - currently a coach at MADabolic in the DC area, a yoga teacher, and avid lifter, hiker, and of course, eater.

Retailers

Mekelburg's
Albertsons
Amazon
Mother's Market
Sprouts
The Fresh Market
Erewhon
Foxtrot Market
Giant Foods
Wegmans

Press

New Hope Network - Mar 22, 2023 Podcast - The Natural List episode 3: What’s NEXT(Y) in natural products? "Representatives from New Hope Network's crack team of venerated NEXTY judges dish the dirt on the EW23 edition of these industry awards."
Medium - May 11, 2022 Healthy Snacks to Replace the Junk
SELF - Sep 30, 2021 40 Wellness Gifts for the Health Fanatic in Your Life
MSN - Sep 16, 2021 26 store-bought snacks that aren’t bad for you
The Infatuation - May 12, 2021 Take It From An Afro-Latina (And Her Mom), These Are The Best Plantain Chips
Nextpert News - Mar 22, 2021 Starting a CPG Business as a Female Founder: Lessons from the Leaders
Amy E. Goodman - Mar 08, 2021 Empow-HER! International Women's Day!
Climate Collaborative - Mar 01, 2021 Take Action
Wisdom Exchange TV - Feb 26, 2021 Interview with Renee Dunn, Founder and CEO, Amäzi Foods; United States
Nextpert News - Feb 23, 2021 Renee Dunn - Amazi Foods
Parenting Healthy - Feb 18, 2021 Healthy Amäzi Snacks with Real Ingredients and Women-Owned
Staff Street - Feb 13, 2021 Mover’s Spotlight on Renee Dunn and Amazi
Beyond the Profile - Feb 10, 2021 Ep 11 - Founder & CEO of Amäzi Foods, Renee Dunn
Thrive Global - Jan 26, 2021 Renee Dunn of Amäzi Foods: “Grit and persistence”
HeyDoYou - Jan 24, 2021 Straight from the farmer. Organically grown. Produced locally. That’s what you get with every bag of Amäzi
Food and Wine - Dec 09, 2020 #4 Must Haves for Globally Inspired Grazing Board
FoodNavigator-USA - Nov 19, 2020 Startup CPG Pitch II: 15 emerging brands to watch, from spicy jackfruit bites to keto mug cakes
Foodboro - Aug 19, 2020 Meet a Maker: Renee Dunn of Amazi Foods
Girls Who Eat - Aug 12, 2020 Amazi Foods Founder Interview: Renee Dunn
Mindful Awards - Jul 17, 2020 Winners: 2020
Vegpreneur - Jun 29, 2020 25 Women Founders Of Vegan Companies You Need To Know
Paleo Foundation - Jun 26, 2019 Amazi: Direct Trade Premium Dried Snacks
Chowhound - May 31, 2019 The Must-Have Snacks for Your Next Flight (Don’t Settle for Peanuts Anymore)
NOSH - May 01, 2019 Amäzi
Forbes - Apr 24, 2019 4 Practical Ways To Drive Transparency In Food And Drink
Ellwood Thompson - Mar 02, 2019 Amazi's Chips, Strips, & Chews
Yahoo Canada - Jan 17, 2019 Finally! An Online Store That Loves Healthy Snacks as Much as We Do
Food Tech Connect - Oct 15, 2018 Blockchain of Food
Specialty Food Association - Jun 15, 2018 Buyers’ Picks: Back-to-School Snacks
Food52 - Mar 30, 2018 Crispy Baked Plantain Falafel
Chain of Wealth - Nov 27, 2017 E17 – Renee Dunn from Amazi Foods
Jewish Food Experience - Jul 09, 2017 Young, Hungry and Jewish: 3 Local Snack Start-Ups
Paleo Bee - Apr 05, 2017 Why I Love Amäzi Plantain Chips

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