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Jul 19

Homegrown concept to turn Prickly Pear fruit into Water goes Global

By: FOX 10 Arizona

What started out as an idea is now turning into a bustling worldwide business for one Valley man.

“Prickly Pear is indigenous to Arizona,” said Tom Zummo, CEO of True Nopal Cactus Water. “We’re surrounded by it.”

Zummo’s idea was to turn Prickly Pear cactus into bottled water. He’s now joined forces with one of the biggest beverage distributors in the world. The Prickly Pear was something Zummo never really thought much of, until one day, he had an idea.

“It was just something that came to me while I was on my run through Scottsdale,” said Zummo. He wondered if he could take the Prickly Pear fruit, and create a drink out of it. This was back in 2013, when coconut water and other beverages like it were all the rage.

“I started doing some research to see what kind of benefits were behind the Prickly Pear, and it was amazing,” said Zummo. He found the juice was sweet, had less sugar than coconut water, and was packed with Vitamin C and electrolytes.

Zummo decided to start a business selling the water, and that’s when Zummo said True Nopal Cactus Water was born. The Prickly Pear fruit is harvested from the Sonoran Desert, pressed, processed and then bottled.

In the four years since Zummo started, the business has been growing. He recently signed a deal with Suntory, one of the largest beverage distributors in the world.

“The brand is like one of my children,” said Zummo. “You want to see your children excel and do magnificent things in their life, and my vision was to always see this be a global brand.”

True Nopal will now be distributed to stores around the globe

Sep 10

true nopal now available at the fresh market

True Me Brands LLC, The Parent Company of True Nopal Cactus Water, announced today that True Nopal Cactus Water will be available in all 160 of The Fresh Market Stores across 26 states.

Tom Zummo CEO of True Me Brands LLC stated, “The Fresh Market offers its customers an extraordinary shopping experience and we are pleased to be displayed on their shelves.” Mr. Zummo then went on to say, “Our expansion rate has been extraordinary and although our main focus has been on domestic growth, the realization for International expansion is imminent and within the next couple of weeks True Nopal Cactus Water will be available in parts of Canada.”

True Nopal Cactus Water has been rapidly expanding in the U.S. market. True Nopal has obtained national distribution and has finalized agreements with many of the nation’s largest grocers and natural food stores.

True Nopal Cactus Water first went onto the shelf in the beginning of May 2014 and has grown from zero stores to about 2500 in just a few months.

True Nopal Cactus Water is made with the nutritious fruit of the prickly pear cactus which can help reduce inflammation associated with muscle fatigue and exercise. The prickly pear cactus is the only plant in the world to contain all 24 known betalain antioxidants. True Nopal is all natural with no added sugars, no fat, no cholesterol, no GMOs, gluten-free and both Vegan and Kosher certified.