SEASON 6 EPISODE 16
all-natural almond water and other beverages
Deborah Meniane and David Meniane
$200,000 for 20%
ACQUIRED, OUT OF BUSINESS
What is Victoria’s Almond Water?
Victoria’s Almond Water is an alternative to lemonade and iced tea made from purified water, almond, cane water, vanilla and rose extract, and citric acid. The vegan and natural drink is light, crisp, and refreshing. It provides an exciting alternative for people watching their eating habits and it’s more popular in Europe. It comes in a variety of flavors, including ginger, ginger peach, and coconut.
Who Owns Victoria’s Almond Water?
Victoria’s Almond Water was founded by husband and wife, David and Deborah Meliane, who migrated into America after getting married in 2001. David, the current Chief Operating Officer at CarParts.com, is also a Board Member for another Shark Tank company, Cave Shake.
David and Deborah borrowed from David’s grandmother’s recipe when making the almond water. The couple is motivated to incorporate other people’s ideas into their product to make a people-inclusive product.
David and Deborah decided to brand their product using a picture of Victoria, David’s grandmother. Her picture appears on every bottle of almond water they produce. The couple makes the product to replicate their grandmother’s love for family, food, and cooking. They also try to share the recipe with others to encourage more people to indulge in almond water consumption.
The couple introduced the drink to their family and guests after migrating to America, and when they loved it, they made sure to start a business out of it. After going into a production run, they had to go door to door and to a few independent stores to meet their sales targets. However, they started to grow and expand when they appeared on the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.