Wanna Date?

wanna dateMelissa Bartow wants the Sharks to taste Wanna Date, her vegan date spread line, in Shark Tank episode 1112. Bartow loves fruit and she discovered dates when she went off to NYU. Eventually, she got a job at what she thought was a health food shop. Unfortunately, she found out that the acai bowls they served had more than 15 grams of sugar in them. She thought her new favorite fruit – the date – would make a better natural sweetener.

The first concept for Wanna Date grew out of the job at the acai bowl shop. She envisioned a nut butter, but with dates, so she started experimenting. The first batches of Wanna Date were concocted in Melissa's dorm room. From there, she just kept brainstorming and decided to see if anyone else was interested in her date nut butters.

Melissa made a video of friends on a “blind date.” The were blindfolded and tasting some of her products. She used that video to raise money with crowdfunding. Wanna Date funded their first co-packing run with $2250 raised on IndieGoGo back in March, 2018.

The product comes in five flavors: original, vanilla, pumpkin spice, chocolate and cinnamon. Each jar costs $12. At only 30 calories a serving, its a great way to satisfy a craving for sweets without processed sugar. Dates are a “super food” packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Melissa wants to share the deliciousness of dates with the world and she'd love if a Shark came on board.

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Wanna Date Shark Tank Recap

Melissa will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. She'll need to convince Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Daymond John and Barbara Corcoran that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but she’ll need to show them SHE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards.” A full pitch re-cap on Wanna Date will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

Wanna Date 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 Wanna Date & Melissa Bartow as more details become available.

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