Atlas Monroe Net Worth 2021 – What Happened After Shark Tank

   

Deborah Torres and husband Johnathan Torres approached Shark Tank, with tasty samples of vegan fried chicken, as produced by Deborah’s company, Atlas Monroe.

They asked for $500,000 for 10% equity.

They received a surprising $1 million offer for 100% of the business from Mark Cuban and Rohan Oza.

Deborah smartly turned down the offer and the company has gone on to create a net worth of over $7 million. 

Read on to find out more.

 

Atlas Monroe Quick Facts

Name:

Atlas Monroe

Net Worth (2021):

$7 million – Estimated

Pitch: 

Plant-based, vegan fried “chicken”

Entrepreneur:

Deborah Torres and Johnathan Torres

Asked for:         

$500,000 for 10%

Deal: 

No deal

Shark:

No Shark

 

What Is Atlas Monroe?

Black woman-owned start-up, Atlas Monroe presents natural, plant-based vegan cuisine. The website promises vegan food that is vibrant and utterly delicious.

With options ranging from ribs to fried chicken to stuffed turkey rolls and veg sides, and chocolate cake, Atlas Monroe offers everyone, not just vegans, an opportunity to live a healthier but exciting lifestyle.

All the foods have vegan bases, so the cured bacon, for example is rice-based. The fried chicken is wheat protein covered in batter and flavored with spices.

Atlas Monroe supplies restaurants nationwide, but they are primarily an online business supplying frozen foods.

Watch the official Atlas Monroe commercial here and a review of Atlas Monroe’s products here.

 

Who Is Deborah Torres?

Deborah Torres is a food entrepreneur. A chance encounter with a stranger in a food market led Deborah and her family to become vegan.

Soon, Deborah was making her own plant-based fried chicken – and people loved it. She offered her cuisine as a one-off at a VegFest, won the Best Dish award, one thing led to another, and Atlas Monroe was born.

Read Torres’ interview here where she tells her own story and reveals five important business lessons she learned from her Shark Tank experience.

 

What Happened During The Pitch?

Johnathan and Deborah Torres approached the Sharks for $500,000 for 10% equity in Deborah’s company Atlas Monroe.

The Sharks loved the samples of fried chicken they were offered. However, soon discussion got heated and confusing as valuations and numbers were thrown around.

Watch the confusion that arose during the pitch here, when the Sharks quizzed Torres on her numbers, resulting in Kevin O’Leary calling out.

Barbara Corcoran claimed the business was too young for investors. She opted out.

 

 

The Investment

Mark Cuban made an offer: a $500,000 line of credit for 30% of the company. Cuban then asked Rohan Oza to come in with him.

Together, they offered $1 million for 100% of the business. They also offered the Torres’s 10% royalty on sales.

Torres turned down the offer from Cuban and Oza, because she realised that the interest shown by the Sharks actually proved the value and potential of Atlas Monroe.

She preferred to retain 100% ownership of her company. Listen to a podcast with Deborah Torres here.

 

Conclusion

After the show aired, Torres claimed that Shark Tank had misrepresented her and Atlas Monroe by editing conversations to present a biased narrative.

Atlas Monroe has recently expanded their own production facility for increased turnaround time from orders to shipping.

The purchase of a multi-million-dollar facility has prompted Torres to predict that they stand poised to become the largest manufacturer of plant-based deep-fried chicken in the world, topping $2 million in sales in the year after the Shark Tank episode aired. A second location is set to open in 2021.

VegNews interviewed Torres and endorsed her products.