OAKBERRY, Brazil’s number one açai brand and purveyors of 100% natural and always fresh açai bowls and smoothies, is excited to announce that five stores will open in Vancouver in 2023. OAKBERRY offers a fresh açai experience serving delicious and nutritious food in bright, modern spaces. Founded in Brazil in 2016, the chain is present in more than 30 countries including the United States, Portugal, Australia, Peru, Spain, Saudi Arabia and France.
Carter Friesen, Master Franchisee for Western Canada, first tasted OAKBERRY’s açai in Australia and knew he had found something special. Friesen saw an opportunity, particularly in Western Canada and on the West Coast, and is now spearheading the brand’s growth out west. “We are beyond excited to bring OAKBERRY to Vancouver, a city that embraces a wellness mindset and appreciates fresh, nutritious ingredients,” said Friesen. “We can’t wait for people to taste this delicious superfood this summer and to see what all the hype is about.” The Vancouver entry marks the second western Canadian expansion of the brand, following a store opening in Calgary timed for mid-May.
For those unfamiliar with açai, the berry grows on the Euterpe palm, a tree native to the Amazon rainforest. The açai pulp from the berry is a natural antioxidant rich in minerals like potassium and calcium, vitamin E, and healthy fatty acids like Omega 6 and 9. OAKBERRY offers customers the opportunity to create and customise their own açai bowls and smoothies in small, medium and large options, priced from 11.49 to 17.99 for bowls and 9.99 to 15.99 for smoothies. OAKBERRY smoothies come with up to 3 toppings, including fresh fruits like banana, strawberry and blueberries, as well as granola, chia seeds, cacao nibs and more. OAKBERRY bowls will offer unlimited toppings, each layered between delicious açai, creating a flavourful (and highly ‘grammable’) lunch or snack. Customers are encouraged to customise their bowls any way they like to create their very own take on this flavourful and nutritious food.
Vancouver’s first OAKBERRY will open late spring in Kitsilano at 3139 West Broadway, offering signature smoothies and bowls perfect for eating any time of day but especially as a quick and nutritious lunch snack. Interior design will include OAKBERRY signature colours of purple and warm wood, with benches and high top tables for those who wish to enjoy their OAKBERRY in house. Additional locations will open in Gastown and Cambie Village. There will also be an OAKBERRY kiosk at The Post building downtown on West Georgia Street, and a signature store is set to open in the West End this summer, just in time for beach season. An additional five stores will open this year and next across Western Canada in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Source : Foodology