Wanna Date? update

Wanna Date Update | Shark Tank Season 11

Melissa Barrow pitched her date-based flavored spreads during Shark Tank Season 11. Wanna Date products are Melissa’s alternative to nut butter, and what better way to spice up the market than with dates? They’re naturally sweet, and she just couldn’t get enough of them. What will the sharks think? Find out in our Wanna Date update.

If you’re short on time, here’s a quick overview of what happened to Wanna Date after Shark Tank!

Melissa Barrow appeared on Shark Tank Season 11 and made a deal with Mark Cuban for $100,000 for 33% equity. In terms of a Wanna Date update, the company is still in business and has grown to over $5 million in sales since Shark Tank. Even better, products are now available at Whole Foods, Amazon, Kroger, Walmart, and more!

Shark: Result:
Mark Cuban  Accepted offer for $100,000 for a 33% equity
Daymond John No offer
Lori Greiner No offer
Barbara Corcoran No offer
Kevin O’Leary No offer

Shark Tank Wanna Date Update

Wanna Date update

  • Entrepreneur: Melissa Bartow
  • Business: Date-based flavored spreads
  • Ask: $100,000 for 20% equity
  • Result: $100,000 for 33% equity
  • Shark: Mark Cuban

Wanna Date founder Melissa Bartow couldn’t get enough dates. She starts off her pitch in such a way that we all think she’s talking about going on dates, but finally clarifies that she’s talking about the fruit.

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She has dates every day, she says, and loves the idea of spreading them on everything. So she created Wanna Date, which is basically a line of date spreads.

The spreads come in indulgent flavors like chocolate and vanilla. Additionally, she also makes pumpkin spice date spread, as well as a cinnamon version.

The spreads are low-calorie, vegan, oil-free, and have no added sugar, plus they do not contain any cholesterol. In short, it’s a health foodie’s dream.

Melissa volunteers her sales numbers: in the last ten months, she’s had $31,000 in sales, mostly through wholesale, fairs, and markets.

Daymond John is the first to drop out of the deal because Melissa is the heart of the product. He fears that consumers won’t find anything special about the product without her there to sell it.

Then, Lori Greiner chimes in. She says the company isn’t established enough for her, so she eventually drops out.

Next up is Barbara Corcoran, and she has a different issue. During her pitch, Melissa reveals that since graduating from NYU, her father is paying her rent, so that she can focus on Wanna Date full time.

Regardless of the situation, Barbara says that she doesn’t see the hunger. Since Melissa is still supported by her father, she basically implies that Melissa isn’t motivated, so she is also out.

Straightaway, Melissa starts fighting back and assures the sharks that she is set on success. Additionally, she won’t fail because she won’t quit.

Kevin O’Leary has an issue with the valuation and thinks that it’s too early for the company to be worth that much. He’s out.

This leaves Mark Cuban. He questions why there isn’t a ‘plain’ date-flavored butter or spread, since there are people who love dates.

Melissa expresses that she’d like to make one, so Mark makes an offer of $100,000 for a 33% stake in Wanna Date.

For a moment, it looks like Melissa might make a counter. However, she ultimately ends up accepting the deal, because she wants to work with Mark.

Do Melissa’s sales end up staying sweet? Let’s take a look at our Shark Tank Wanna Date update.

We have good news to report in our Wanna Date update. The company is doing quite well since Shark Tank and has reached more than $5 million in sales. Products are also available at Walmart, Kroger, Whole Foods, and several other retailers.

Although scaling took time after the episode aired, Melissa was flooded with orders which gave the company a big boost.

Wanna Date sells through their direct-to-consumer website, as well as on Amazon. During our Wanna Date research, we also found that in addition to running Wanna Date, Melissa also works as a Pilates studio manager and yoga instructor in New York.

If we get any more news on a Wanna Date update we will let you know!

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