Nana Hats on 'Shark Tank': What is the cost, who is the founder, and here's how you can keep bananas fresh for longer

Tired of dealing with the issue of quick and over-ripening of bananas, Sean Adler, an entrepreneur from San Diego, California, created Nana Hats

Nana Hats on 'Shark Tank': What is the cost, who is the founder, and here's how you can keep bananas fresh for longer
Nana Hats founder Sean Adler pitching his product on 'Shark Tank' (Christopher Willard/ ABC)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: While we are all aware of the many benefits of consuming a banana, here's nothing more off-putting than a sight of brown, mushy, over-ripened banana. Though the darkened banana is perfectly safe to eat and is often turned into banana bread and pie, however, in many households, the over-ripened banana often ends up in the trash can.

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Tired of dealing with the issue of quick and over-ripening of bananas, Sean Adler, an entrepreneur from San Diego, California, created Nana Hats, a compact silicone cup, that will help you preserve your bananas on the counter safely without them going bad before you're ready to eat it. Adler will be pitching his unique innovation on the upcoming 'Shark Tank' Season 14 Episode 6, before the Sharks- Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner and guest Shark Peter Jones. If you're curious to know more about Nana Hats, and if it really works in slowing the ripening process of banana, then keep reading. 

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What is Nana Hats?

Nana Hats is the world's first reusable banana preservation device that will keep your bananas fresher for longer and with fewer unsightly brown spots. Bananas produce a natural ripening agent, ethylene gas, as they begin to ripen. By attaching a Nana Hat, a BPA-free silicone cap to the crown of your banana, you can inhibit the absorption of the ethylene gas, thus slowing the ripening process.

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The brand's website claims that their customers reported using a Nana Hat has extended their banana freshness between 50% - 150%! In order to use a Nana Hat, you just simply need to slide the silicone cap over the bananas crown. You can also spruce up your fruit bowl  with the cute crocheted covers that can be magnetically attached over the silicones caps and are easily interchangeable. This means that you can simply swap hats whenever you like. "Now your kitchen fruit bowl will be the conversation piece it was meant to be," claims the brand. These caps are reusable, all you need to do is clean the cap with mild soap and warm water from time to time and dry it completely before your next use. 

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Thanks to Nana Hats, now you can not only keep your bananas fresher for longer, but also have them look great while doing it. Which means you’ll waste less food and money.


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Who is the founder of Nana Hats?

Sean Adler is the brain behind Nana Hats. On October 24, 2022, Adler took to Instagram to announce that he would be appearing on 'Shark Tank' to pitch Nana Hats before the Sharks. Adler came up with the idea for nana Hats back in 2019 when he began wondering "Why are my bananas turning brown so quickly and ending up in the trash?!" He explains, "Buying a bunch of bananas from the grocery store often results in a race against time. How many can you eat before the rest turn too brown, soft, and downright unappetizing to eat? We set out to solve this problem once and for all and say goodbye to those brown spots." After a year of R&D, Nana Hats was created in 2020. 

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Sean Adler, founder of Nana Hats on 'Shark Tank' (ABC)
Sean Adler, founder of Nana Hats on 'Shark Tank' (ABC)

What is the cost and where to buy Nana Hats from?

Nana Hats are available in two sizes:
Standard Size: Which is a perfect fit for 1-3 bananas
Large size: Perfect for 4 or more bananas
A standard size Nana Hat with a magnetic hat retails for $12.99, but is currently available at a discounted price of $10.99. The large size silicone hat too retails for $12.99 and is available at a discounted price of $10.99. Nana Hats are available for purchase on the brand's website here or Amazon.
The brand currently offers ten styles of magnetic covers for the silicone hat:
Octopus
Monkey
Unicorn
Viking
Watermelon
Shark
Cat
Pirate
Panda
Yellow Hat

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If you're wondering what the customers have to say about Nana Hats, then we got you covered. The product has 3.5 star rating on Amazon, and has received mixed reviews from customers. While some customers absolutely loved this novelty hats, others felt that it did nothing to their bananas.

A customer who gave the product a 5-star on Amazon wrote, "Literally the cutest thing I have ever come across. I send them as gifts to everyone now! They work great and keep those nanas fresh!" Another customer who wasn't as impressed with Nana Hats stated, "I bought this because for a long time we have been wrapping our banana stems in plastic to keep them from ripening too fast. Enter this novelty item. I saw someone in an article say it was amazing so it thought it was cute my husband likes sharks so why not? You have to really stretch it over the stems and most times it would eventually pop off. Also because you have to stretch it so much ot developed a hole. I returned it. So disappointing."

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Where is Nana Hats now?

Nana Hats started off with a $3000 goal Kickstarter campaign back in 2020, and managed to raise $4,761 from 148 backers. The brand kept its promise and shipped out the hats to its backers from Novemebr 2020 onwards. 

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Who will steal the deal?

Lori Greiner or Kevin Leary might roll out an offer if the  brand's sales numbers and profit margins are decent. So, we will just have to wait and watch to see if the Sharks even make a deal.

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'Shark Tank’ Season 14 Episode 6 returns to ABC after a two-week break on Friday, November 11, 2022, at 8 pm ET. Catch the latest episode featuring products like Collars & Co., SqaureKeg, Nana Hats, and Wondry.

Missed an episode? Been wanting to catch up? Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu. Not just that, you can also watch old seasons and episodes on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.

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