Sweetkiwi on 'Shark Tank': A woman's battle with fibroids leads to a healthy yogurt brand
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet is getting more and harder in today's society. More people than ever before are working longer hours outside the home. Many people turn to fast and convenient food options as a result of the demands of their job, family obligations, and other personal duties. Add to that the fact that healthy food options often lack any flavor.
Ehime Eigbe-Akindele founder and CEO of Sweetkiwi realized this when she had to switch to a more healthy lifestyle after a health scare. SweetKiwi is a unique frozen delicacy that fulfills a sweet tooth and promotes digestive healthEhime will pitch her healthy whipped yogurt in front of the Sharks -- Mark Cuban, Kevin O'Leary, Lori Greiner, and Robert Herjavec. 'Shark Tank' Season 14 will feature Sweetkiwi and here's all you need to know about Sweetkiwi and its founder:
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What is Sweetkiwi?
Founded in 2011 by Ehime Eigbe, the innovative frozen dessert Sweetkiwi satisfies a sweet taste while promoting digestive health. Sweetkiwi's frozen whipped Greek yogurts are brimming with useful nutrients like protein, probiotics, fiber, and immune-boosting superfoods because they are made with high-quality, natural ingredients that are sourced from family farms in our neighborhoods.
Sweetkiwi is an artisan creamery run and controlled by a woman that produces the best-tasting CPG dairy-based foods using real milk from nearby farms and genuine ingredients. Farmers in their communities and the Nigerian dairy industry are greatly impacted by the ingredient-based manufacturing process. Sweetkiwi is healthy and well-loved because:
∙ Low sugar content
∙ Pre & Probiotic fiber
∙ Immune-boosting superfoods
∙ Premium ingredients
∙ Air whipped to reduce calories
Who is the founder of Sweetkiwi?
The founder and CEO of Sweetkiwi, the first frozen yogurt company in Africa, is Ehime Eigbe-Akindele. She struggled with eating as she was growing up, and in 2009, she experienced a health scare that made her change how she approached food. She started eating differently and started studying more about the various foods that assist the growth of our bodies. The result of this labor of love was Sweetkiwi!
Ehime graduated from London Metropolitan University with a degree in business information technology and international studies. She is a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women scholar. She also finished the Entrepreneur Management program at the Pan African University of Lagos' Business Development Center. She holds Penn State University certificates in the production of cultured dairy and ice cream. She is a speaker of inspiration, a contributor to Nigeria's Business Day magazine, and a recipient of the OXFAM "Work in Progress" award.
Ehime was also named one of Nigeria's 100 most inspirational women. She is also enthusiastic about enhancing the lives of women in her neighborhood by providing training and opening up employment opportunities.
What is the cost and where to buy Sweetkiwi?
Sweetkiwi yogurt has a retail price of $39.99 for a pack of four yogurts. It comes in different flavors ranging from chocolate hazelnut to hibiscus and ginger. Sweetkiwi is available for sale on their website. You can also buy it from the Whole Foods Market and other grocery stores like Walmart and it also recently launched in 120 stores at Giant Foods.
Where is Sweetkiwi now?
When Ehime discovered that most commercial brands weren't as healthy as they claimed to be, she began producing her own frozen yogurt. She developed a clean-label formula that resulted in the creation of Sweetkiwi in 2011. She traveled from Texas to Nigeria during this time, where she opened three physical store outlets.
Ehime relocated to the Washington, DC, area in 2017 and was approved into the Union Kitchen food accelerator to introduce her delectable Whipped Greek Yogurt to supermarkets. Beginning with Whole Foods Market and other grocery stores like Walmart and most recently has launched her product in 120 stores at Giant Foods.
Which Shark will make an offer?
Ehime will be pitching her product to the Sharks in order to expand her distribution channels. We will have to wait and see which Shark will take the bait, but it's very possible that Lori will be out of the game since she invested in Frozen farmer now Forbet back in Season 11. Kevin will also most probably not make an offer since he hates anything in the frozen aisle. The most likely shark to make an offer is Mark as he is known for investing in healthy foods.
'Shark Tank' Season 14 Episode 16 will air on ABC on Friday, March 10, at 8 pm ET. Catch the latest episode featuring products like Woof, Flated, and Pluie and an update on Sweetkiwi.
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.