Our Beginnings

Be in the Business of Better

Acai Express:

Better for You, Better for the Planet, Better for franchises.

With a loyal following in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, Acai Express is spreading the health-conscious lifestyle Stateside: opening stores in Florida, New Jersey and South Carolina, just to name a few. Join us in this healthy lifestyle movement — one grade A acai bowl at a time.

Acai Isn’t Just A Berry In The Amazon:

It’s a way of life

Live the Acai Express lifestyle for yourself.

When Hector Westerband first discovered acai bowls, he knew this was a business opportunity he could not miss. Sourcing only the best ingredients directly from Brazil, Westerband has grown his business from a single trailer, to a nationwide movement.

Our Story

In 2013, Hector Westerband was just like you. Smart, savvy, and tired of working hard for someone else’s benefit. Westerband spent 10 years in the traditional restaurant business and knew the hard work he was doing could be simplified, made more enjoyable and less complicated to better fit his lifestyle. His dream was to put his experience to work in an easy and fun restaurant concept while supporting his family doing something he loved.

This is how Acai Express was born.

Westerband is an active guy who loves surfing and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in his native Puerto Rico. After struggling to find healthy and delicious food options on-the-go and at the beach, Westerband decided to start selling his own homemade organic superfood bowls and smoothies out of his own food truck. Westerband’s acai-based menu got so popular, he started to get inquiries from people interested in becoming franchisees.

He used only the freshest ingredients and the centerpiece of all his creations was the 100% Organic Grade A Acai Berry, a rich antioxidant stone fruit that grows on trees in the Amazon river basin. Today the acai berry is considered a benefit to all kinds of health and well-being: cognition, heart health, aging, and weight loss. When the line of people went from a couple to a line around the corner, he knew he had a business concept that small business owners anywhere could use.

Acai Express perfectly integrated Westerband’s active lifestyle, career, and an appreciation of honest, organic, and nutrient rich foods.

Join the Family

When you become a member of the Acai Express family, even though our system is simple and easy to follow, you’ll work one-on-one with us and our team to ensure your success. We’re not some faceless corporate giant, we are the guys who get it done, and like you, are committed to success. You’ll be part of a healthy lifestyle movement that has quickly gone from trend to established consumer demand.

We are committed to giving back and protecting agricultural heritage. As entrepreneurs, we are all about turning our passion into profits, but we also have a larger mission to do good while doing well. At Acai Express, we support local farmers and get our berries directly from growers in the Amazon river basin, thereby helping to conserve the Brazilian rainforest and its natural resources.

If We Can Do It, So Can You

Westerband believes every successful franchise has three factors that determine its success:

Ability to follow a plan

Personal passion

Resources to capitalize on a great idea

The Acai Express concept already provides two of these three factors: a turnkey system (or plan) that doesn’t require business or food service experience, and a great idea that leverages a national interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle — a movement that is only going to grow in the future. It’s up to each carefully selected franchisee to supply their own drive and determination. We feel confident that you’ll be as excited about the Acai Express concept as we are, and more importantly, as millions of happy customers already are.

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