Local product seeks investment on ‘Shark Tank’ tonight

Monitor staff

Published: 01-27-2023 10:22 AM

National TV audiences will get a look tonight at a local startup’s product that helps keep fats and oils from clogging drains as the founder seeks help on the “Shark Tank” show.

Laura Lady of Webster will be pitching her product, called Fry Away, on the show, seeking investment from some of its celebrity panelists. The segment was filmed in September but the result has not been released. It airs starting at 9 p.m. on WMUR-TV. 

FryAway is a powdery mix that home chefs can add to leftover cooking oil or other fats and grease, turning it into a jelly-like substance that can be thrown away or composted instead of being poured down the sink.  Cooking waste put down the drain can clog sewer pipes – in cities they can form huge “fatbergs” that block entire sewer systems – and badly damage septic systems.

Restaurants and other commercial users of cooking greases and oils are required to have systems to keep products out of the sewer. Concord, like many cities, tries to educate people not to dump the products with a “Fats Oils Greases” page on its website giving details (concordnh.gov/1356/Fats-Oils-Greases-In-Our-Sewers).

Lady developed the powder’s proprietary formula through experimentation and began manufacturing it with support from her husband, Justin, who works in biotech, and their two young daughters. She sells FryAway directly and through outlets, both online and in stores.

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