|SEASON 6 EPISODE 16|
|Pitch||all-natural almond water and other beverages|
|Entrepreneur||Deborah Meniane and David Meniane|
|Asked For||$200,000 for 20%|
|Status||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.
What Happened to Victoria’s Almond Water After Shark Tank Update
Is Victoria’s Almond Water Still in Business?
The product went through a few changes since founder David Meniane introduced it to the US market from Europe in 2011. Sometime in 2017, Hispanica International acquired Victoria’s Kitchen, which made Victoria’s Almond Water.
This company, in turn, later changed its name to Life On Earth. Since then, it’s gone out of business, with no mention of being able to order it online, Amazon indicating there’s no stock, and its Facebook page dormant since 2019. David now works as the Chief Operations Officer for Car Parts, an e-commerce company specializing in, you guessed it, car parts.
Should the company wish to make a resurgence, it doesn’t appear likely they’d have many competitors presently, at least in the US, where purified water with the following ingredients isn’t familiar: Almond, cane sugar, vanilla, rose extract, and citric acid.