About the Products
Where are the sauces produced?
Currently we make our products in Louisville, KY.
Where is the company based?
We are based in Alexandria, VA.
How much of the sauces are actually made from Vegetables?
Each bottle is about 20% pureed spinach, carrots and butternut squash by total ingredient weight.
Are your products Gluten Free?
Yes. All our products have been lab tested for gluten. See our Lab Results Here.
Our current labels don’t say “Gluten Free” because we thought it was obvious based on our ingredients. That was our mistake. Our new label iteration will have the Gluten Free Seal.
Are your products Non-GMO?
Yes. Our tomatoes have been tested for GMO markers by the same lab the Non-GMO Project uses. We also have statements from our suppliers stating that our other ingredients are non-gmo. Typically ketchup, BBQ sauce and hot sauces are not at risk of being GMO products.
Are you products Vegan?
Yes. 100% vegan.
Are your products Paleo?
Yes. Our Ketchup and BBQ Sauce are Certified Paleo Friendly and our Veracha – Vegetable Sriracha – is Paleo Certified. All three are certified by the Paleo Foundation.
How can your Ketchup & BBQ Sauce be Paleo if they contain cane sugar?
Our Ketchup & BBQ Sauce are certified “Paleo Friendly,” NOT “Paleo.” The Paleo Friendly program allows for some sugars and sweeteners to be used in products that would otherwise be considered Paleo or that are as close to Paleo as possible for their category.
Are your products Vegan?
Yes! And we are certified Paleo Vegan.
Are your products organic?
Unfortunately, no. Organic vegetables, especially, organic tomatoes are very expensive and difficult to procure for a small company like ours. We will be pursuing organic ingredients as we grow, so support us now and help us grow to be organic!
How do the products compare to other brands?
True Made Vegetable Ketchup has 2 only 2 grams of added sugar. All the leading brands, e.g. Heinz, Simply Heinz, Annie’s, Muir Glen, Woodstock and Wild Oats have 4 grams of sugar per serving. So True Made Foods has half the sugar of these other brands. We are also the only ketchup with potassium, Vitamin E and Vitamin K in every serving.
True Made Foods Vegetable BBQ Sauce is the lowest calorie BBQ Sauce on the market (35 calories per serving) and has less than half the sugar of Sweet Baby Ray’s (the leading BBQ Sauce). One gram of sugar on the nutrition label also comes from the vegetables. Unlike most BBQ Sauces, True Made Foods has a short, clean ingredient label and a large nutrition label. No other BBQ sauce has Vitamin C, E, B6, Potassium, Protein and Iron.
Original Veracha – Vegetable Sriracha has ZERO added sugar and is Paleo Certified. Veracha was ranked the 2nd healthiest hot sauce by EatThisNotThat.com. Not many vitamins and minerals show up on the nutrition label, because of the small serving size (1x Teaspoon), but Veracha is an almost 100% vegetable based product and is packed with nutrition and superfoods. Traditional Sriracha, on the other hand, has no nutritional value, is packed with sugar (2nd ingredient) and a lot of non-natural ingredients (e.g. potassium sorbate, sodium bisulfite and xanthan gum).
Do you use ugly vegetables?
100% of our carrots and butternut squash can be considered “ugly” vegetables. The farmers we buy them from, puree their undersized and ugly vegetables valuable creating extra income streams for these vegetable farmers and reducing food waste.
Where do the vegetables come from?
The tomatoes (tomato paste) come from California. Our butternut squash and carrots come from farms in Eastern North Carolina. Our Spinach comes from a family farm in Oregon. Our jalapeño peppers come from New Mexico. We are truly a 100% American Brand.
Do I need to refrigerate ketchup?
Because of their natural acidity, all our products are shelf-stable. However, stability after opening can be affected by storage conditions. Though our Ketchup has been lab tested and proven to be safe after 40 days open at room temperature, we recommend that our products, like most natural food, be refrigerated after opening. Refrigeration will maintain the best product quality after opening.
What is the shelf life of an unopened bottle of Ketchup?
24 months from production. Look for the “best by” on the cap or shoulder of the bottle.
The Ketchup is looking brown / turning brown? Is it still Ok?
Yes! This is totally normal and safe. Tomato products usually turn brown naturally over time (it even happens to Heinz), our products brown a little faster because we’re moe natural and don’t have corn syrup as an ingredient. The color change does not mean the product has gone bad and doesn’t affect the flavor.
The sauce is caking around the neck of the bottle. Is that safe?
Yes! Totally normal and hard to avoid with glass bottles. The same problem used to occur with Heinz glass bottles. Our products are high acid products thanks to the tomatoes and vinegar, so this dried product won’t get contaminated and is likely very safe especially if it’s refrigerated after opening. To clean simply wipe the neck of the bottle with a wet towel or napkin.
About the Company
When was True Made Foods started?
True Made Foods was started as an idea in April 2015 when the founders were accepted into Food-X, a food business accelerator in NYC. The products first launched in July 2015 at the Summer Fancy Food Show.
Are you Veteran Owned and Operated?
Yes. 100%. True Made Foods was founded by two veterans and is still majority owned and operated by its CEO, Abe Kamarck, who served eight years as a Navy Helicopter Pilot. Abe deployed on the USS Yorktown to South America in support of counter-narcotics operations and then to the Arabian Gulf on the USS Gettysburg with the USS Enterprise Strike Group for Operation Iraqi Freedom. His last assignment was in the United Kingdom where he worked in Counter-Terrorism Analysis for the US European Command.
Where are you based?
The company headquarters is now in Alexandria, Virginia.