Soup is associated with comfort and healthful eating, but many grocery store soups contain unhealthful ingredients such as corn syrup solids, high sodium, and maltodextrin. Soupergirl Soup, started by mother and daughter team Sara and Marilyn Polon from Washington, D.C., is determined to provide consumers with an alternative - soups made from fresh and natural ingredients. Sara and Marilyn presented Soupergirl to the Shark Tank on Episode 3 of Season 10.
The Polons were seeking an investment of $500K in exchange for 10% of their company. One by one, the sharks went out and the mother-daughter team failed to secure a deal. The consensus was that the profit margin of 5% was too low and that the valuation of $5 million was too high.
Marilyn Polon explained that they did not want to use a copacker for their product because they were unable to get the Kosher quality production process that was demanded. Mark Cuban asserted that perfection was their enemy and he insisted that the business was too capital-intensive. Kevin O'Leary and Daymond John also said that the Polons had overvalued their company. Guest Shark Matt Higgins was the most encouraging, but he also went out.
All of the Sharks thought that the soups were delicious, but that the business plan was faulty.
Soups don't have to be an appetizer or side dish; they can be a one-bowl complete meal. With options such as Triple Ginger Butternut Squash soup and Garlicky White Bean soup, taste does not have to be sacrificed for healthful eating.
Sara Polon is a former stand-up comedian. After reading Micheal Pollen's book, "The Omnivores Dilemma," Sara became involved in the local food movement. Her mother, Marilyn, had raised her children with fresh, natural foods. Soupgirl soups are low in sodium and contain fresh, locally-grown vegetables, grains and beans.
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Soupgirl soups are currently available in U.S. Mid-Atlantic Whole Foods and Costco locations and through two store locations in D.C. Delivery is available from the company web site to select locations.