‘Shark Tank’ preview: ‘Mango Mango’ Mango Preserves; a Simple Sugars updateSeptember 26, 2013
This week on “Shark Tank,” expect the sharks to circle at least one or two products, while they may spend the rest of their time swimming far away from some others.
One of the products that we know for sure that the group this week (which will include Daymond John for the first time this season, but no Barbara Corcoran) is “Mango Mango” Mango Preserves, which has a name that is somewhat repetitive. We’re a little torn on how this product will actually do on the show. The website seems to really emphasize the party aspect of the food, but they probably put a little too much emphasis on cocktails versus all of its other uses that it could be confusing. We do like mangoes, but food products are very hit-or-miss since you have to convince consumers to go out of their way to buy yours. Preserves are not really the sort of product that pops. (Update: Read our full review for tonight’s episode here!)
You can at least get a basic outline of all of the products (plus an update on Simple Sugars) in the summary below via ABC:
“The Sharks first scoff at a woman from New York, NY who wants to put the ‘style’ in your doggy’s lifestyle with her chic canine fashion accessories; a Silicon Valley veteran from Burlingame, CA has a breathalyzer app that could help save lives; three event planners from Hampton, VA ask the sharks to invest in their gourmet mango preserves business while singing their jingle, ‘spread it, mix it, shake it, stir it’; and a husband from Waterford, MI uses a sexy body double to demonstrate how a man can earn medals for performing household chores. Also, an update on Lani Lazzari from Pittsburgh, PA and her spa quality body scrubs, Simple Sugars, which Mark Cuban invested in during Season 4, on “Shark Tank,” FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.”
Remember that everything when it comes to each product will ultimately rest on a few key factors that are hard to gauge online: A business plan, the price point, sales, and the evaluation of the brand. Some food products have turned out to be a success, and the same goes for pet products. Both of these brands could do well in the right environment. The one thing that could particularly help the mango folks is that the summary makes them sound like fun people; if you have personality, people are more likely to buy from you.
We’ll post a link to our full review tomorrow when it is online; meanwhile, click here if you want to check out some other highlights from this season.