Uncle Zip's Beef Jerky Shark Tank Pitch
Ken tells the Sharks that his beef jerky is always fresh, but Robert is taunting Jeff Foxworthy in comparison to how it is to his beef jerky. His jerky only has a two month shelf life. He says sales have been down for the last seven years, with the highest sales at $100,000 but last years sales ran $50,000. He plans to upgrade the processing facility.
Uncle Zip's Beef Jerky was originally his fathers beef jerky.
Ken wants to have local processing plants to keep his beef jerky fresh.
Uncle Zip's Beef Jerky Episode Data
- Company: Uncle Zip's Beef Jerky – Website
- Entrepreneurs: Ken Howell
- Ask: $50,000 for 25% equity
- Episode Season 2 Episode 204
- Companies in this episode:
- Ride-on Carry-on
- Uncle Zip's Beef Jerky
- Hill Billy Brand
- Broccoli Wad
- Ava the Elephant – Featured Update
- First Aired: 04/07/2011
- Deal: No Deal
What do the Shark Tank Investors say about Uncle Zip's Beef Jerky?
- Jeff Foxworthy – is in the beef jerky business so he is out. He thinks Ken has a good product that he could make a good living.
- Daymond John – does not see this as investible and is a small business. He is out.
- Kevin O'Leary – tells it the way it is, he loves the story and the past. Ken isn't selling that much, despite his jerky being good. He is out.
- Barbara Corcoran – believes Ken will be able to get the business on track without them. He is out. She does believe he has it in him to make Uncle Zip's Beef Jerky work.
- Robert Herjavec – doesn't feel the jerky has enough shelf life and the business is not profitable. He wants to know why he is still working this business after ten years and having minimal sales. Robert explains every dream has a shelf-life just like his beef jerky. He is out.
Uncle Zip's Beef Jerky after Shark Tank
Uncle Zip's Beef Jerky is not only holding on, he is still selling today! Unfortunately, Ken Howell, the Jerky Man, passed away in 2014, after a bout with cancer.