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How It All Began

After years of the 9 to 5 corporate life, Evan knew he was ready to contribute to the community in a bigger way, beyond traditional borders and his comfort zone. He started this journey by joining the Peace Corps, where he traveled to a remote Suriname village in the Amazon Rainforest. Evan worked with indigenous tribes to establish an economic system that protects their ways of life and preserves the environment. It was during this exploration that he first tasted the acai berry, which grows wild in the Rainforest and with its healthy fats and antioxidants, provides a consistent source of nutrients. 


The original fruit leather flavors were Pineapple + Acai and Apple + Acai

After 2 years in the rainforest, Evan returned to his home in Akron with a renewed sense of community and 'goodness'. Shortly after his return, he established Peaceful Fruits with the idea of making sweet whole fruit snacks using acai as the core ingredient. The first two flavors were pineapple + acai and apple + acai, both of which were of course sustainably produced: while the fruits were ethically sourced in the Amazon, the snacks were handmade by Evan at his kitchen table.  Dually rooted in the Amazon and Akron, with a renewed idea of how to give back to the community, Evan slowly built Peaceful Fruits by placing sustainability at its foundation, building community-based trust and partnerships, and sharing 'good' tasty treats.