Joe and Maranda Dowell hope to get some bread from a Shark to help them grow Joe's Gourmet Fish Fry, their fried fish breading mix, in Shark Tank episode 908. The husband and wife team work together in the business now, but that wasn't always the case. Joe's been in the restaurant and catering business since the nineties, Maranda is a former retail real estate specialist and commodities professional. She joined the family business in 2015.
Joe and Maranda travel to large events in the south-east and fry up fish. Customers liked their food so much, they started asking to buy Joe's special breading mix. That's when he decided he had another business besides catering. To use it, just dip and fry. No flour or egg or anything. The mixture absorbs less oil and gives the fish a crunchier, less oily taste.
He has Joe's Gourmet Fish Fry on the shelves in a bunch of Wal Mart, Goodsons and other stores from Illinois down through the southeastern US. He also sells online and on Amazon. A one pound bag is just $5 and a six pack is $25. He also wholesales to restaurants. On the socially responsible side, Joe and Maranda cook a big meal every month for the Safe House Outreach – a homeless advocacy group – located in downtown Atlanta. Joe likely wants a Shark to help him get broader distribution.
Will a Shark cook up a deal with the Dowells?
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Joe's Gourmet Fish Fry Shark Tank Recap
Joe and Maranda will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. They'll need to convince Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O'Leary, Lori Grenier, and Robert Herjavec that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but they’ll need to show them THEY are capable of running the company to “Shark standards." A full pitch re-cap on Joe's Gourmet Fish Fry will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.
Joe's Gourmet Fish Fry Shark Tank Update
The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on Joe's Gourmet Fish Fry & Joe and Maranda Dowell as more details become available.