You may have noticed that it's getting harder and harder to find Trinity water on store shelves. Rumors are flying about what happened to the popular bottled water. One person I know heard they'd been pulled by the FDA for making health claims about the minerals in their water. After I heard this, I went Googling and couldn't come up with anything. There is no information on their site (trinitysprings.com) so I called their customer service line and heard the following message: "Trinity Springs is no longer in production."
So then I tried the CEO's extension and there was a message with a number for his Seattle office. I called this number expecting yet another message but a human being answered. It turned out to be Trinity Springs CFO Dean Barney and it was his home that I'd reached.
We talked for a little while and he explained what was happening with Trinity. It turns out it has nothing to do with the FDA and there's nothing wrong with the water. The company is enmeshed in a bitter court battle over ownership and has subsequently run out of operating funds. It's a complicated matter that would be impossible to go into detail here. If you want to read more info check out the following press release (pdf file) from Amcon, the water's distributor.
Mr. Barney, who is only one of three remaining employees at the company, will be leaving in the next two weeks. When I asked him if he thought Trinity water would be back he said, "Yes, but probably not in my lifetime." Let's hope he's wrong.