Here's What Happened To Probiotic Maker After Shark Tank

Probiotic foods like kimchi, Greek yogurt, and tempeh are important for a healthy diet. According to Cleveland Clinic, probiotics eliminate and balance out bad bacteria when we get sick. But not many people get enough probiotics from their food, which, per ActivatedYou, can lead to digestive issues, a lack of mental clarity, and skin problems like acne and eczema. 

Merrick Maxfield, a recent contestant on ABC's entrepreneurial reality TV series "Shark Tank," developed a solution for those who have a probiotic deficiency. Maxfield's invention, the Probiotic Maker, allows beginners to make their own yogurt at home, according to "Shark Tank's" official site. During his appearance on Season 12 of "Shark Tank," Maxfield pitched his product to the judging panel comprised of investors and business experts on episode 19, which aired on April 2, 2021. The judging panel, commonly referred to as "sharks," unfortunately, didn't bite. They shared their concerns about the safety of the tool and the declining popularity of yogurt in the future. Therefore, Maxfield did not receive a deal or bid for his creation and walked away from the show empty-handed. But now, we can't help but wonder: Whatever happened to Maxfield's Probiotic Maker?

Where are Merrick Maxfield and the Probiotic Maker today?

Despite the sharks not acquiescing to Maxfield's initial pitch for an investment of $150,000 for 7% equity, Maxfield is still in business, churning out contaminant-free yogurt with the Probiotic Maker, per "Shark Tank." But, there's no current sales information to report on regarding the product and Maxfield's company. However, as "Shark Tank" notes, the Probiotic Maker is still being purchased, with consumers lauding how user-friendly and efficient it is for families. 

Maxfield originally launched the Probiotic Maker in 2016 to cut costs of continually purchasing yogurt for his own family. Designed for the average person at home, the Probiotic Maker functions similarly to a heating pad, except instead of heating up the body, the Probiotic Maker heats up a container of milk, according to "Shark Tank" Products. The Probiotic Maker makes it easy to heat up different sizes of milk containers and even different varieties, including skim and whole milk. A seeded mixture containing 11 different probiotic strains is then added to the milk. The device thickens the milk overnight, resulting in fresh, creamy yogurt for you to enjoy in the morning. You can also add different fruit and sweeteners. 

Although Maxfield did not come out of his "Shark Tank" episode with an offer, you have to admit that a machine that produces homemade yogurt for you is pretty genius.