Here's What Happened To Fresh Bellies After Shark Tank

Most people can agree that baby food should be healthy. Parents want to give their babies nothing but the best quality food. While some turn to making baby food at home, others turn to pre-mashed foods readily available at the supermarket. Though we trust that these products are safe and nutritious, there are some who doubt that store-bought baby food is as healthy as it claims to be. There's the worry of artificial ingredients, dyes, high sugar content, and even unsafe chemicals. In 2021, a government report revealed a disturbingly large amount of heavy metals were found in several popular baby food brands (via Consumer Reports), adding some credence to nay-sayer's claims. Isn't there baby food that is organic, nutritious, and promotes healthy eating?

Saskia Sorrosa stepped up to answer that question. Inspired by the childhood obesity epidemic sweeping the United States, according to Shark Tank Blog, Sorrosa sought to create a baby food that would be both delicious and help influence a healthy lifestyle. Her company Fresh Bellies focuses on a more savory palette made of natural fruits and vegetables. By giving babies a taste of real vegetables, Sorrosa reasoned, they will be more inclined to make healthier choices later in life. Seeking funding, Sorrosa went on "Shark Tank" to ask for $275,000 in exchange for a 5% cut (via Shark Tank Tales). Although no Sharks agreed, it would seem that Fresh Bellies isn't down for the count just yet.

Fresh Bellies is still in business

Although none of the Sharks agreed to back her business, Saskia Sorrosa's company seemingly hasn't suffered because of it. According to Shark Tank Blog, Fresh Bellies was selling its products in over 9,000 stores such as Walmart and Kroger in January 2020. In June 2021, the company's annual revenue was totaled around $6 million — an impressive feat without any Shark Tank backing!

It would also seem that Fresh Bellies has expanded its product line. The company doesn't just offer foods for babies or toddlers, but also for the whole family. The company sells an 8-pack of puff-like snacks that come in a variety of flavors like beet, mushroom, carrot, and broccoli. Sorrosa said these offerings differ from the regular options for kids because they are "slightly more salted and seasoned for an adult palette" (via Food Navigator). 

TV Stuff Reviews praised Fresh Bellies for their willingness to explore different nutritional options, the preservative-free nature of their food, and for opening up discussion about healthy nutrition in families. The cons, however, involved the somewhat high price range, few flavors, and the savory flavors that might not appeal to all children. While you may agree or disagree with Sorrosa's ideas, healthy food for kids is something we can all agree on.