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Donald Trump Business Failures: What Happened to Trump Steaks, Trump Vodka, Trump Wine and Trump University?

( [email protected] ) Mar 15, 2016 08:11 PM EDT
It goes without saying that those who remember the eighties are probably somewhat surprised that the businessman Donald Trump is running for president.  Back then, Trump branded himself with being the world's greatest businessman, even having products devoted to him like Trump: The Game (which is still being sold according to Amazon), and it should be no surprise that the business mogul/presidential candidate hyped up some new business ventures on Super Tuesday last week.  Part of them include his steaks, wine, vodka, and one of the more controversial, the Trump University.
Trump Steaks: It was a thing. The Blaze/Sharper Image/QVC

It goes without saying that those who remember the eighties are probably somewhat surprised that the businessman Donald Trump is running for president.  Back then, Trump branded himself with being the world's greatest businessman, even having products devoted to him like Trump: The Game (which is still being sold according to Amazon), and it should be no surprise that the business mogul/presidential candidate hyped up some new business ventures on Super Tuesday last week.  Part of them include his steaks, wine, vodka, and one of the more controversial, the Trump University. 

Actually, Super Tuesday was a time where Trump mentioned all of the business investments.  Considering that he is campaigning for the executive office, this is the time where Trump really wants to make certain that people at his press conference really remember him.  However, he did take the time to say "advertising is not as important as competence" at the press conference. 

Trump is quite proud of the fact that he filed with the Federal Elections Commission 100 pages based on his business ventures.  Many criticize Trump having a lot of debt, but the candidate states that those 100 pages are owned 100 percent by him, with no debt.   

One of these ventures was steaks.  According to The Blaze, this is an old product as Trump steaks were part of the 2007 Sharper Image catalogue on QVC.  They were reported as not hardly selling at all, but the QVC website still has hamburgers selling on the Trump brand.  At the recent press conference, the steaks were apparently not Trump brand, but Bush Brothers. 

As for the Trump wine, that is available for purchase.  The Trump Winery is a 1,300 acre estate that offers red, white, and sparkling wines from when its grapes were planted in 1999.  Donald's son Eric is president of this winery, and the operation has a tasting room along with a destination luxury hotel. 

Of course, the candidate has other ties with alcohol as he attempted Trump Vodka back in 2006.  The Wall Street Journal says that it had the slogan of "Success Distilled", and Donald predicted that a T&T (Trump and Tonic) would become the most requested drink in America.  This product was discontinued in 2011. 

Another big question that a lot of people are asking about is Trump University.  This was started in 2004 as a training place for real-estate investors.  The introductory courses were free, then three-day seminars costing $1,495.  It closed in 2010 and it is now seen by Trump critics as one of many brand failures. 

Yes, that Super Tuesday press conference was a big boost for the Trump brand, but what is really going to help him out on his desire to be president will be the results of the primaries.  You can see real-time results of those here.