Peaceful Fruits has very humble beginnings, as do many of our partners.
The founder, Evan Delahanty, was a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Suriname, a small country in the Amazon Rainforest, where he was struck by the people's love of the land and their natural embrace of the fruit growing around them.
Returning home, Delahanty couldn’t help but notice how far removed we had grown from the land. Things we called fruit snacks were, in most cases, not even fruit. They were processed sugars, syrups, flavorings, and dyes. Any fruit was usually concentrate, meaning the fruit had been stripped of its fiber and most of its nutrients, leaving only more sugar.
This led Evan to start experimenting in the kitchen, starting with acai berries, the superfruit that grows so profusely in Suriname. He made snacks entirely of fruit. They were delicious! So he started experimenting with more of the fruits of the Amazon and determined his treats were not just healthier but sweeter and tastier than any he’d found here.
He then decided to start Peaceful Fruits, not just a business but a social enterprise dedicated to doing good in as many ways as possible. Peaceful Fruits creates healthy snacks containing nothing but whole organic fruit. It carries its message of healthy, natural snacking to communities of kids and adults.
To this day, the company works to sustain the rainforest that Delahanty grew to love. It buys nearly all its fruit from the Amazon, enabling indigenous communities to harvest profitably — an essential element to saving the forests themselves.
And here at home, Peaceful Fruits helps people with developmental disabilities earn a fair wage. It hires them to fill nearly every position involved in the production of its snacks.
Peaceful Fruits’ devotion to social and environmental responsibility was recognized in late 2018 when it earned its certification as a B Corporation. It continues to win wide praise from snackers, parents, grandparents, organizations, and the media. A contestant on Shark Tank, its social enterprise mission was lauded as a model for the future, and we at Good Bumblebee couldn't agree more!