Tom First
Tom First
Founder & CEO
Culture Pop

Tom has had a love for food and beverages since he was a kid. On a trip to Spain in 1989, during his senior year at Brown University, he discovered a peach nectar that would inspire his entrepreneurial drive and eventually help him to transform the juice drink industry in the United States. He and his future business partner and friend, Tom Scott, started Nantucket Nectars out of an ice cream store on Nantucket and sold them off their delivery boat..

Over the course of 14 years, under the leadership of Tom and Tom, Nantucket Nectars grew from a grass-roots start-up company to one with national prominence. Culture Pop, a crafted probiotic soda with organic juice, herbs and spices, is Tom's latest foray in the beverage industry.

Tom will be part of a panel discussion on "Probiotics, postbiotics, and fermented foods" on March 17.