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Sweetgreen’s founders focus on healthy, affordable food options

Fast food chain Sweetgreen serves unique salads for a healthy alternative to burgers for lunch. Its founders, Nicholas Jammet, Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru, lamented the lack of healthy options near their alma mater, Georgetown University, so they did something about it. Learn more: http://www.thehoya.com/nathaniel-ru-jonathan-neman-and-nicolas-jammet/   When their first location remained packed through winter break, they knew they had something special. The concept grew from that single restaurant in 2007 to 40 locations at present. Each Sweetgreen uses fresh, organic, local produce. Its founders meet with local farmers before deciding to site a location to ensure an adequate supply chain exists.   “We want to feed more people better food,” Ru told Fortune.   Some well known investors agree there’s a need for its niche. Daniel Boulud, Steve Case and Danny Meyer each invested in the chain.   Sweetgreen doesn’t just serve up different food. It conducts business differently, too. No…

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The Making Of OSI Group CEO And President Sheldon Lavin

More than four decades ago, Sheldon Lavin left his promising career in the banking hall to venture into the meat processing industry. Although he had a great career as a banker, Sheldon was ready to leave his comfort zone and venture into a path he had not trekked before. Although there were a lot of criticism from colleagues and friends alike, Lavin wasn’t ready to look back. Sheldon Lavin venture into the meat industry began in 1970 when he arranged for financing for Otto & Sons, the forerunner enterprise of OSI industries. Otto & Sons had started as a hamburger supplier to McDonald’s in 1970. At that time, Lavin was more of a consultant than a partner. After five years of doing business, Otto retired and left his sons to run the business, and they partnered with Sheldon. As years went by, Sheldon learned new tricks of doing business, and…