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Genius Juice

genius juiceAlex Bayer hopes the Sharks drink up Genius Juice, the world’s first all organic coconut smoothie, in Shark Tank episode 1115. Bayer started Genius Juice in 2014 and got his first run of product done with a successful Kickstarter that raised $15,375 back in May, 2015. There are plenty of coconut water brands, but Genius is the only coconut drink that uses coconut water AND meat in a ready to consume smoothie.

Bayer uses the whole coconut when making Genius Juice. Once the water and meat are harvested, he “upcycles” the husk to make coconut charcoal for detoxification products. He also uses the husks for alternative fuel. He had to discontinue selling the smoothies in 2016 when his manufacturing capabilities couldn’t keep up with distribution demand. An attempt at rebranding was unsuccessful and retailers started dropping his products.

Now. Bayer has a new manufacturer and is making the smoothies once again. Retailers that once stocked Genius – Natural Grocers and Whole Foods to name two – are putting the once popular product back on shelves. Bayer thinks he has a $100 million company once he gets re-established. In a Shark-like move, he has a WeFunder campaign set to go the night his episode airs. With over $1 million in sales, 1300 retail locations and a unique product, will a Shark take a chance on Genius?

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Genius Juice Shark Tank Recap

Alex enters the Tank seeking $250,000 for 7% of the business. He hands out samples as he explains that his smoothies use the whole coconut: the water and the meat. The Sharks rave over the taste and like the fact that it’s low calorie and nutritious. Sales are good: $376,000 in 2018 and Alex expects 2019 to be over $1 million. There’s a problem though, the company isn’t profitable yet. Alex and his family invested $1.3 million to stat the business, too  and he believes he can go to $100 million in sales.

The Sharks are concerned that beverages are competitive and that finding shelf space for frozen items is tough. That doesn’t stop the offers from coming though. Barbara offers $250,000 for 14%. Kevin offers $250,000 as a loan at 9% interest in exchange for 7% of the company. Mark asks if Barbara would partner with him and together they offer $500,000 for 25%. Alex accepts.

Genius Juice Shark Tank Update

The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. The deal with Mark and Barbara never closed. The WeFunder Alex set up to open on the original air date raised a whopping $2,255,106! The company also reports $700,000 in sales for the first quarter of 2020 and over $900,000 for the second quarter of 2020. They also raised $1.1 million in August, 2020. With those kind of numbers, Alex didn’t need Mark and Barbara.

2020 also saw the company get into 2500 retail stores like Whole Foods, Publix, Albertson’s, Walmart, Target, Smart & Final and many mom & pop and small regional chains.  The company released a new flavor: Vanilla Cinnamon and a line of smoothies. In 2021, the products were in around 2800 stores nationwide. In addition to the aforementioned stores, they’re also in Costco. As of July, 2022, they had $12 million in lifetime sales.

In January, 2022, they began soliciting investors on the equity crowdfunding site Republic. By March, 2023, they raised $31,700. By August, 2023, the company introduced the Genius Boost Wellness Shot. They also announced on their website that they’re “in the lab concocting something exciting.” At this time, they’re posting $12 million in annual revenue and they’re eyeing an $80 million – $90 million exit by 2025.