|SEASON 11 EPISODE 12|
|Pitch||non-GMO, air-popped, ancient grain chips|
|Asked For||$350,000 for 5%|
What is KaPop?
Ka-Pop is a snack food brand which produces chips made from the ancient, unmodified grain sorghum. The chips are non-GMO, certified vegan, kosher, and gluten-free, and are manufactured without the common food allergens of wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, corn, lectin, sesame, mustard, and celery. Ka-Pop chips come in a variety of flavors, including BBQ, Salt & Vinegar, Red & Green Sriracha, and Rosemary Garlic.
Who Owns KaPop?
Dustin Finkel is the creator, founder, and owner of Ka-Pop. Prior to engaging in entrepreneurial ventures, Dustin worked as a Crossfit instructor in Erie, Colorado, where he lived with his wife and young son. He holds a BBA in Finance and Accounting from Emory University and an MBA in Marketing, Management & Strategy, and Finance from Northwestern University. Upon the completion of his education, he worked with a number of big name companies such as Goldman Sachs, Kellogg Food Company, and General Mills.
Dustin may have focused his educational pursuits on business and finance, but in line with his previous work as a Crossfit instructor is his passion for exercise, nutrition, and healthy living. Despite this passion, however, he frequently found his vice to be snacking, particularly snacking on chips. One day, discontent with the market’s lack of healthier chip options, he decided to start experimenting in the kitchen. After a few tries, he was able to produce a chip that even his son, a notoriously picky eater, enjoyed. He then made more to offer as samples to friends and family, whose positive feedback bolstered his confidence and ultimately led him to founding his company, Ka-Pop.
What Happened After Shark Tank Update
Is KaPop Still in Business?
Today, Ka-Pop is still in business and is continuing to grow and expand in terms of both brand accessibility and flavor profiles, currently offering nine different varieties. The chips are available for purchase online at their website, kapopsnacks.com, and on Amazon.com as well as in-person at Rouses Markets and select Whole Foods and 7-11 stores.