Echo Valley Meats entrepreneur Dave Alwan provides some fresh meat in the Shark Tank in episode 426. Alwan is a third generation meat man and butcher. His family owns a popular Peoria, IL grocery store and butcher shop called Alwan and Sons meat company; in 1998 Dave sold his share and started Echo Valley Meats in nearby Bartonville. Echo Valley Meats is an old-school, independent butcher shop that also houses a meat processing facility. Over the years, Echo Valley Meats has expanded to three locations and started offering pre-made meals, catering services, and mail order products. Dave’s mission is to provide his customers with the highest quality meats and he’s looking to expand by opening more “traditional” butcher shops in good locations and by increasing his online sales.
Echo Valley Meats Shark Tank Recap
Dave introduced the Sharks to his gourmet meats and he brought plenty of samples. Dave’s been in the meat business all his life and wants to expand through eCommerce. The Sharks devour his food, and they all like it, but they have their reservations. Mr. Wonderful LOVES the product, but thinks Dave just wants to use the funds from the Sharks to experiment with online marketing; he just doesn’t see the opportunity to make a return on his investment – he’s out.
Robert’s never heard of Dave, so he’s out too – but he loves the award winning summer sausage. Mark thinks Dave doesn’t understand eCommerce, so he’s out too. Daymond isn’t a big meat eater, so he’s out too. Lori thinks Dave will be successful, but doesn’t think she’ll recoup an investment quickly enough, so she’s out too. Dave leaves with no deal, even though the Sharks had a feeding frenzy on his samples. He leaves more determined than ever.
Echo Valley Meats Shark Tank Update
Dave Alwan may be one of the single biggest Shark Tank Success Stories of all time. In the weeks following the show, he did over $1 million in sales! Read about his success in the Echo Valley Meats Update post in the interviews section of the site.