Pan’s Mushroom Jerky

pan's mushroom jerkyMichael Pan gives the Sharks a taste of Pan’s Mushroom Jerky, his vegan beef jerky substitute, in Shark Tank episode  1206. Pan is an electrical engineer by profession. He got his degree at the University of Illinois in 2001 and worked as an engineer in the auto industry for a number of years. When he went to visit family he never met before in Malaysia, his life and livelihood would change forever.

On that trip, he met family that were vegetarian Buddhist monks. They fed him all kinds of wonderful food, but what really caught his attention was dried mushrooms or mushroom jerky. Apparently, the recipe was in his family for years. Mushrooms are a good replacement for meat and a great source of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.  For several years after that trip, he experimented in his kitchen and perfected his mushroom jerky making skills.

In 2018, he took the plunge and started the business. It’s made with shiitake mushrooms and it’s vegan, high in fiber and vitamin D, paleo-friendly, Kosher, soy-free, gluten-free, and  it’s all organic. There are no preservatives either. Pan’s Mushroom Jerky comes in four flavors: Original, Zesty Thai (the # 1 seller),  Applewood BBQ and Salt & Pepper. A 2.2 ounce bag costs nine bucks, but when you buy the variety 4 pack on Amazon, it’s just $35. Pan has his jerky in over 500 stores nationwide, but no big box chains. He’d like a Shark’s help remedying that situation.

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Pan’s Mushroom Jerky Shark Tank Recap

Michael will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He’ll need to convince Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Daymond John and guest Shark Blake Mycoskie. 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 Pan’s Mushroom Jerky will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

Pan’s Mushroom Jerky 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 Pan’s & Michael Pan as more details become available.

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