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Obrigado Releases First-ever Sustainability Impact Report

December 20, 2018

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 20, 2018--Obrigado, Brazil’s much-loved coconut beverage brand, released its first-ever Sustainability Impact Report today detailing the positive environmental, educational and economic impacts the company has made over the last years. Key accomplishments include: saving valuable water by using approximately 80 percent less water per coconut tree than normal irrigation systems, preserving 70 percent of the land it owns as untouched forest and saving 35,000 tons of CO 2. As the first and only B-Corp Certified coconut beverage company, Obrigado is committed to sustainability with a goal to be zero waste within the next few years.

“Our philosophy is simple. We want to deliver high-quality, delicious tasting coconut beverages while also adding value to people’s lives and honoring nature,” said Roberto Lessa, CEO and chief sustainability officer for Obrigado. “From educating hundreds of Brazilian children to providing valuable employment opportunities to local citizens, our impact report highlights the breadth and depth of our efforts to create a better world by improving the environment and empowering those in need.”

Key Sustainability Highlights:

Utilizing approximately 80 percent less water per coconut tree than normal irrigation systems. Obrigado’s unique irrigation and barcode systems allow the company to read how much water and fertilizer each specific tree needs saving valuable water and fertilizer. Planting more than 400,000 trees thereby significantly contributing to combating climate change. Together, these trees have a carbon uptake of more than 35,000 ton of CO2, which is the equivalent of approximately 4,000 households per year. Creating 10.00.00m2 biodegradable anti-erosion blankets out of raw coconut materials, with a goal to be zero waste within the next few years. In 2013, Obrigado learned that more than 90 percent of the children in their community of Pedra Grande were illiterate so they established Instituto Gente, a non-profit foundation that provides schooling for the children of the native families. Revenue from every Obrigado product is invested into Instituto Gente.

Obrigado owns its own sustainable farms in Bahia, Brazil, where it grows its young, green coconut trees. To ensure the freshest coconut water taste, each of its trees has a barcode for complete traceability and the company uses a patented extraction process in which the coconut water is never exposed to air or light. This helps protect the integrity of the taste and freshness of its coconut water. Obrigado is all-natural, never from concentrate, has no added sugar or preservatives, and is strictly non-GMO.

To view the full Sustainability Impact Report, please visit obrigado.com.

About Obrigado

Obrigado is a Brazilian coconut beverage brand that makes delicious and refreshing coconut waters, milks and juices from young, green coconuts that are grown on their very own sustainable farms in Bahia, Brazil. To ensure the freshest taste of its beverages, each of its coconut trees has a barcode for complete traceability and quality. All of Obrigado’s products are all-natural, never from concentrate, have no added sugar or preservatives, and are strictly non-GMO.

Obrigado, which means ‘Thank You’ in Portuguese, is brought to the United States by Aurantiaca USA LLC, an affiliate of Grupo Aurantiaca LLC. True to its brand name, Obrigado is committed to providing innovative and high-quality coconut beverages while also respecting the environment and its communities. The company is committed to zero waste and does its very best to turn every coconut into high-quality products that add value to people’s lives and honor nature.

For more information about Obrigado, visit obrigado.com.

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