Apr 11

Valley business sells Prickly Pear Cactus Drink

By: Ty Brennan

PHOENIX (KSAZ) – Cactus Water is being touted as the new “it” beverage, and a company in Scottsdale is the first to harness and bottle it.

Doctors say it’s packed with vitamin C and anti-oxidants, and it’s made from something we have a lot of in Arizona, prickly pear cactus.

You’ve probably heard of coconut water, maybe even aloe water, or maple water, and even artichoke water. Now there’s a new water on the market, cactus water.

Tom Zummo is the creator and CEO of the True Nopal Cactus Water; the company is based in Arizona. His product is gaining popularity because of the health benefits and sweet fruity taste. Doctors say the product is full of vitamin C, electrolytes, minerals, and flavonoids that are anti-inflammatory, and they are even good to help with a nasty hangover.

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Zummo started the company in 2013.

“I was on a run through one of the wonderful trails in Arizona and the prickly pear just so happened to be in bloom,” said Tom Zummo.

After doing some research, he set out a way to harness the prickly pear’s health benefits.

“There isn’t anything on the market as a ready to drink beverage that was just made from the prickly pear,” said Zummo.

The cacti are harvested from the Sonoran Desert, juiced, processed, and then shipped out to stores around the world. Unlike other beverage fads that have come and gone, Zummo says this one is here to stay.

“I don’t think it’s a fad; I think we’ve created something fantastic. The consumers are very knowledgeable about what they are putting into their body and very conscious of what they are consuming, so I think that with the health benefits, the low calories with low sugar, we’re not going anywhere,” he said.

“The biggest amount of success we feel is the e-mails and letters we receive from the people out there,” said Zummo.

True Nopal is sold at Sprouts and other grocery stores; it cost about $3 per small bottle.

Apr 4

True Nopal Cactus Water Expands into Whole Foods Pacific North West

Scottsdale Arizona – (March 29, 2016) – True Nopal, the leading Cactus Water manufacturer announces today that it has expanded its footprint within Whole Foods Markets by entering the chains Pacific North West division.

True Nopal is made from the fruit of the prickly pear cactus and contains all 24 powerful betalain antioxidants and no added sugar. True Nopal is best known as a low-calorie alternative to a variety of plant waters, specifically coconut water, in which True Nopal has less than half the calories and sugar along with a wonderful fruity taste. With only 18 calories per serving, 4 grams of naturally occurring sugar, from the fruit itself, potassium, magnesium and electrolytes, many consumers are quickly recognizing that True Nopal Cactus Water is a healthier alternative.
“Continued growth within the Whole foods channel is exuberating and has been exactly what we were looking for.” Stated Tom Zummo Founder and CEO of True Nopal. He then went on to say, “As a grocer that handles only the highest quality food and beverages we are thrilled to be able to expand our footprint within the chain and we are looking forward to additional growth, within Whole Foods, in the near future.”

For more information or to find a local retailer near you, readers can visit www.truenopal.com

About True Nopal:

True Nopal,is the innovator and Cactus Water category leader based in Scottsdale Arizona. True Nopal believes in providing products that are both good tasting and good for you by helping support your active, healthy lifestyle. They are passionate about doing things that are good for the environment. True Nopal maintains a faithful commitment to preserving and sustaining the planet – specifically the North American deserts from which True Nopal cactus water was born. For more information, visit www.truenopal.com

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information on True Nopal Cactus Water, please contact 480-636-8044 or [email protected]

Apr 4

Lucozade Ribena Suntory brings True Nopal cactus water to UK & Ireland

Lucozade Ribena Suntory is to launch a cactus water in the UK & Ireland.

The company has signed a distribution agreement wirth True Nopal Holdings, producer of the True Nopal Cactus Water brand. True Nopal is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Tom Zummo CEO of True Nopal, said: “This is a huge step towards reaching our goal in having True Nopal Cactus Water on the shelf and in the hands of consumers around the world. Lucozade Ribena Suntory will prove to be exceptional partners as their massive distribution network will help True Nopal enter into untapped markets.”

Peter Harding, COO of Lucozade Ribena Suntory added: “We are excited to be the exclusive distribution partner in the UK and Ireland for such an innovative brand. It’s our ambition to revolutionize drinking by offering consumers premium unique drinking experiences.”

According to the producer, True Nopal Cactus Water is 100% natural and contains both antioxidants and electrolytes.

Jun 6

Is Cactus Water the New Coconut Water?

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We all know about coconut water by now. It’s delicious, hydrating and slightly sweet with a hint of nuttiness. It’s taken America by storm, and just when you thought you found your new life elixir, a new health water appears on the scene that’s vying for its spot. That fierce new competitor is cactus water, a popular drink in South America and Mexico loaded with anti-aging antioxidants and a handful of electrolytes.

Unlike coconut, cactus has a berry undertone. The fruits are juiced and pureed and usually blended with a citrus concentrate. Think watermelon meets kiwi. Early research suggests a link between ingesting cactus flesh and a decrease in inflammation and blood glucose levels. Other studies have found that the fibrous pectin in the plant may lower diabetics’ need for insulin. It’s also used as a hangover helper in Mexico. The antioxidant found in prickly pear extract — betalains — has been shown to reduce symptoms of nausea and dry mouth. Or, you can use it to create the hangover. The fruity undertones of the water make it an extremely versatile base: Blend your Cosmopolitans with prickly pear cactus and aloe or mix in cactus water with tequila.

These days, the prickly pear juice can be found at most health food stores like Whole Foods. While its claim as a top superfood may just be another fleeting fad, it most definitely is a healthy alternative to sodas and sugar-heavy juices.

Best part? It contains half the sugar and calories of most coconut water brands.

We’re liking the sound of that.

Jun 2

6 Reasons Cactus Water Is the New Coconut Water

JUN 2, 2015

6 Reasons Cactus Water Is the New Coconut Water
Say goodbye to that hangover.

 We don’t mean to knock coconut water, but we can’t help but take notice of the new kid on the block—cactus water, which is a popular drink in South America and Mexico. Loved by health freaks and beauty enthusiasts alike, the latest twist on H20 is making waves (and not for nothing). Here, find six reasons why you might want to start drinking the succulent stuff.

It tastes better
Of course this is a matter of opinion, but its light, berry taste is said to be easier on the palette than coconut water’s sweet, nutty taste.

It’s loaded with anti-aging antioxidants
While many plant waters are taken straight from the tree or fruit, cactus water is primarily derived from prickly pear concentrate and extract. Fun fact: prickly pear cactus is the only fruit which contains all 24 known betalains AKA powerful antioxidants, like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, which revitalize skin for a healthy glow and fight signs of aging.

It’s naturally low in sugar and low calories
If there’s one category where cactus water has coconut water totally beat, it’s in this department. It has half the sugar and calories of many coconut water brands.

It will keep you hy-dra-ted
If we’re going to trust anything to help us stay moisturized, it’s a self-sustaining, water-storing cactus plant. The thirst-quenching cactus extract will help lock in skin’s moisture to protect it from dryness.

It’s anti-inflammatory
Because it’s chock full of antioxidants and electrolytes, it reduces inflammation. So, say buh-bye to puffy morning face, particularly those pesky under-eye bags.

It will cure your hangover
Research has shown that if you drink cactus water before drinking alcohol, it can reduce hangover symptoms, like dry mouth and nausea, thanks to those potent betalains. So, cheers!

www.truenopal.com

 

May 27

True Nopal Cactus Water Announces Nationwide Distribution

True Nopal, the undisputed category leader in the cactus water category, announced today that the company has officially achieved distribution throughout the entire United States.

True Nopal is now available in 4,000 stores across the country with a number of national retailers offering the healthy low calorie beverage. In the past year, True Nopal  has introduced a smaller 16.9oz size and has expanded its Whole Foods footprint in addition to entering new markets including Raley’s, HEB, Big Y and Shaw’s among others. True Nopal is currently establishing partnerships for the prickly pear drink to be available within Dierbergs, Earth Fare, Schnucks, Shop ‘n Save and their direct delivery model PeaPod.

Tom Zummo, True Nopal Founder and CEO, said in a statement, “The new size has created an entry price point that allows consumers to experience the great taste and benefits that our product has to offer without a large investment.” Zummo continues, “Retailers and consumers have jumped on the cactus caravan and are making the switch from coconut water to cactus water.”

True Nopal Cactus Water is made with the nutritious fruit of the prickly pear cactus. The all-natural beverage is made with no added sugars, fat or cholesterol. Complementing a number of diets, True Nopal Cactus Water is non-GMO and loaded with all 24 nutritious betalain antioxidants. Containing half the calories and sugar as the leading coconut water, True Nopal is also gluten-free -and vegan certified.

For more information or to find a local retailer near you, readers can visit www.truenopal.com.

Mar 27

Cactus Fizz Cocktail

Cactus Fizz Cocktail

True Nopal Cactus water and natural agave tequila combine to add a sweet spike to this cocktail Cactus Fizz Cocktail
Cactus Fizz Cocktail

Photo Credit

Corbis Images

This Recipe

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Start to Finish: Less than 15 minutes

All you need are four ingredients to craft this fancy-looking cocktail. And you’ll be pleasantly be surprised by how the cactus water’s fruity flavor pairs with the naturally sweet taste of the agave tequila.

Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 ounces true nopal cactus water
  • 1 ounce blanco agave tequila
  • 2 ounces fresh squeezed grapefruit
  • 1 1/2 ounces soda water

Directions:

Directions

In a shaker, add cactus water, blanco agave tequila and fresh squeezed grapefruit. Shake well. Pour over ice. Top with soda water and lightly stir. Optional: Garnish with sugar or salt on rim with a grapefruit wedge.

Recipe provided by True Nopal cactus water

 

Mar 13

The End of Coconut Water and the Rise of Cactus Water

Talking Top Trends from Natural Products Expo West 2015

Sasha  Orman

Sasha Orman - Production – Mar 13, 2015

“I’m really worried about the coconut situation around the world—you have to give the coconut crops around the world a minute,” Trent said. “But I’m so glad that the whole coconut water thing started, because if it hadn’t been for that we wouldn’t have nopal water.”

Trent predicts that brands like True Nopal Cactus Water, extracted from the prickly pear fruit of the nopal cactus, are going to be the next big thing to replace today’s omnipresent coconut water. With half the calories, sugars and carbohydrates of coconut water, she foresees a lot of appeal to health and fitness enthusiasts—and the drought-resistant nature of the cactus makes it an appealing option for consumers concerned with sustainability.

Mar 6

Natural Products Expo West 2015 Preview Scoop Of Top Exhibitors!

True Nopal cactus water – Booth #8214

tru nopeI was not expecting to love this item. The flavor is best described as pleasantly watered down fruit drink, but with a crisp clean citrus-y finish. Serve cold, this is incredibly refreshing prickly pear water – an all natural ingredient hydrator that will quench thirst with no added sugars, no preservatives, no sodium, no GMO, and it’s even gluten-free. In other words, it’s straight from the earth just the way it was intended to be. True Nopal cactus water has about half the calories and half the sugar than the leading brand of coconut water.

Made from the prickly pear cactus, True Nopal Cactus Water has anti-inflammatory properties and is the new front-runner in the growing plant water category. It tastes better than its other plant water counterparts and cleanses the body with all 24 betalain antioxidants found in the cactus. Studies have shown that it can also be used as a hangover cure that hydrates the body before and after a great night on the town.  I will never be without it again, Love this product. LOVE IT.

Feb 2

How’s Your Super Bowl Hangover? Prickly Pear Water Could Help

By David Hammond

Did you enjoy the Super Bowl, yesterday? Did you over-indulge in food, drink, and mindless cheering, uncontrollable and highly voluble hatred of the opponents, senseless and undeserved identification with the victors?

That’s nice.

I’ve heard that when one drinks too much, one can expect a headache the next day. It’s called a “hangover,” and it’s likely that some of you reading this may be experiencing one right now (as well as guilt over all the things you ate and drank, all the things you said to your family and friends during the intoxicated violence of game day, perhaps even a pang of guilt over all the people you injured — physical and emotionally – while throwing things around and generally being a sports-crazed mania).

Last week, I was sent a bottle of True Nopal, the water of the prickly pear, which is the oblong fruit of the nopal cactus. The prickly pear is green, with armadillo-like studs on its skin, and an interior that’s richly red. In Spanish, it’s called “Tuna,” and although I’ve enjoyed the water of the nopal cactus paddles, I’ve never had the water of the prickly pear.

According to the literature, “The prickly pear cactus is the only known plant to contain all 24 known betalain antioxidants, which are known to detoxify the body at the cellular level.”

Nopal also contains high levels of vitamins A,C, and K and loads of amino acids [http://www.naturalhealth-solutions.net/healthy-eating/nopal-the-magic-in-the-cactus-plant].

True Nopal is much less sweet than other fruit waters you might know, with a lightly flowery nose and beautiful pinkish-red color. Like many Mexican aguas fresca, it is very refreshing all by itself, and because it’s less sweet, a good accompaniment to foods.

So after your highly toxic Super Bowl Sunday – filled with fried food and rage and booze – consider detoxifying yourself with the water of the prickly pear.

I like mixing True Nopal 4:1 with Sauza 901 Tequila: 2 birds/1 stone, hair of the dog, etc.

You can find out more about this beverage at their site: click here.