This woman turned down $ 1 million for Shark Tank. She’s now selling 1 million pounds of vegan fried chicken
Vegan fried chicken company Atlas Monroe becomes the world’s largest manufacturer of fried vegan chicken. The news comes when Atlas Monroe recently acquired its own multi-million dollar manufacturing facility in a two-story, 10,000-square-foot warehouse in San Diego, California and plans to open a second location this year.
With the expansion, Atlas Monroe founder Deborah Torres has retained a 100 percent stake in the company since appearing on the Reality Investment Show Shark tank. In 2019, investor Mark Cuban and guest investor Rohan Oza offered her $ 1 million (an amount rarely offered on the show) for 100 percent of the company. Torres turned down this offer because she didn’t want to give up her brand, believing the company would soon be generating the same amount on its own. “The fact that you’re even offering a million dollars lets me know you understand what we’re worth,” Torres said on the show.
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Since then, Atlas Monroe has generated over $ 2 million in sales through its website, fulfilled tens of thousands of orders, and expanded into the production of vegan bacon, smoked apple wood ribs, deep-fried and stuffed turkeys, signature sauces, and baked goods like candy, potato and chocolate cake . With the new facility, the company is expected to produce more than 1 million pounds of vegan fried chicken this year. Atlas Monroe also plans to host monthly pickup-only pop-ups in San Diego. The vegan food will be available through delivery apps like UberEats, Postmates and DoorDash in San Diego, Imperial Beach and Chula Vista.
Torres says she was wrongly represented Shark tank and doesn’t let this experience get in the way of your dreams. “On[[[[Shark tank]]There were many changes to conversations to create the impression that I wasn’t intelligent enough to handle the obvious dramatic effects of the “shocking” ending. I was completely blind when it aired and had no idea how that would affect my life, ”Torres told VegNews. “I mean, if we’re going to be honest about this, imagine you were a black woman in America who graduated high school at 15 and got your first degree at 17 to look like an idiot on national television from views, when you were just trying to pursue your dreams – it was overwhelming to say the least. I think God works in a mysterious way because what should have harmed me got me where I am today – the proud and sole owner of the world’s largest vegan roast chick company and 100 percent owner of a million dollar company Manufacture facility. “