OA Foods

oa foodsAlfonso Tejada hopes to bring healthy eating to the Shark Tank when he pitches OA Foods, a line of healthy side-dishes, in Shark Tank episode 922. OA Foods has three main products: Quinoa, Chia and Palmini. All three products are healthier alternatives to pasta or rice.

Quinoa is a grain-like product that is in the chard family. It's more like eating chard or spinach than grains. Quinoa has 70% carbohydrates and 15% protein, it's gluten-free, it's packed with minerals and has nine essential amino acids. It's truly a super food and it is a staple of vegetarian diets – though carnivores like it too. Chia seeds have been eaten for thousands of years. They're loaded with omega acids, calcium, magnesium and iron. They're high in protein and fiber too. Perhaps the most popular product from OA Foods is the Palmini. It's a pasta-like pasta substitute derived from hearts of palm. Palmini has only 15 calories per serving and it's gluten-free. It's their newest product.

Tejada started the business in 2012 as an extension of his family's business which sells farm equipment to Bolivian Quinoa farmers. With this existing relationship, he was able to efficiently source quinoa for sale and consumption in the USA. OA Foods helps small Bolivian farmers with their patronage and, since Bolivian Quinoa is the biggest in the world, he provides customers with the best products.

That attitude and way of doing business goes for all their products. In 2013, they added the Chia seeds and in 2107, Palmini was born. The company donates 20% of profits to help charities that assist Bolivian children and Syrian refugees in the Middle East. The products are readily available on Amazon. A single-serving can of Palmini runs $4.49. The Quinoa and Chia seeds are available in bags from 10 to 50 pounds for $37.99 to $77.99 per bag. Tejeda likely wants help getting into supermarket chains as his experience is in logistics and importing. Will a Shark eat these healthy foods?

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OA Foods Shark Tank Recap

Alfonso will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He'll need to convince Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Lori Greiner and Bethenny Frankel that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but he'll need to show them HE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards.” A full pitch re-cap on OA Foods will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

OA Foods 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 OA Foods & Alfonso Tejada as more details become available.

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