Bethenny Frankel's Margaritas Pulled From Shelves — Find Out Why!

Fri, September 2, 2011 7:16pm EDT by 10 Comments

Bethenny Frankel may have made herself a household name in reality television but her Skinnygirl Margarita is making headlines as downright toxic to consumers!

There’s no doubt celebrities love to make money off their super star status. Whether it be starting a clothing line, signing on to be the face of popular products or selling exclusive photo rights to big events in their lives, there’s always a way for them to make an extra buck. For reality television star, Bethenny Frankel, she started her own drink line! While all seemed to be going well for the Bethenny Ever After star, one of her most popular product carriers, Whole Foods has pulled the plug on stocking their shelves with her Skinnygirl Margarita!

While Whole Foods initially agreed to carry Bethenny’s drink in 16 of their stores, they had an abrupt change of heart after learning it did not meet the standard of quality they require products to have. Apparently, Bethenny’s maragarita contains the preservative sodium benzoate which can become carcinogenic if mixed with something like vitamin C.

For her part, Bethenny isn’t sweating this bump in the road. After selling her drink line for a reported $120 million, she isn’t apologizing for any preservatives found in her product.

“I’m not making wheatgrass here. If I could put an agave plant and some limes on a shelf I would. [The Skinnygirl Margarita] is as close to nature as possible, while still being a shelf-stable product,” she said. “[Whole Foods] represent an infinitesimal fraction of our business. We are, in fact, the fastest growing spirits brand in the US . . . We were bound to piss someone off, and everyone loves to try to tear down a success. This is a non-event.”

Although it is not known how much sodium benzoate is in the drink, Whole Foods is not taking any chances with her Skinnygirl Sangria. While it is carried in “a couple stores,” the health food store chain is running tests before making a decision to eliminate it from their shelves.