Bryan Meehan

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Bryan Meehan in October 2012.

Bryan Meehan is an Irish businessman and currently the CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee Company. He also created Fresh and Wild organic markets in London, and then founded the all-natural skincare beauty line, Nude with Bono and Ali Hewson.

Blue Bottle Coffee Company[edit]

Meehan led a major investment of Blue Bottle Coffee in 2012. [1] Blue Bottle Coffee Company is a US coffee roaster and retailer headquartered in Oakland, California and considered a major player in third wave coffee. The company was founded by James Freeman in 2002. Blue Bottle currently has stores in the San Francisco Bay Area, LA, New York & Japan. In 2015, the company raised $73,000,000 in a round led by Fidelity Investments.[2] Other investors include Jared Leto, Tony Hawk, Chris Sacca & Bono.

Fresh & Wild[edit]

Meehan developed the idea of bringing organic stores to the UK after seeing the Whole Foods Organic Supermarket concept while living in Boston and studying at Harvard. Meehan came back to London in 1998 and set up organic Fresh & Wild stores with Hass Hassan (founder of Alfalfas/Wild Oats in US).[3]

Meehan and Hass built the Fresh & Wild chain to seven stores, the largest chain of natural and organic food supermarkets in the UK. Widely popular with high-income earning Londoners, the stores amassed over 40,000 shoppers a week. In 2004, they sold the business to US-based Whole Foods Market.[4]

Nude Skincare[edit]

Meehan launched 'Nude Skincare' in 2007. Using his experience with organic food, Meehan spent two years learning about skincare, building a careful understanding of ingredients and clinical testing.[4]

Good friend Ali Hewson (wife of U2 frontman Bono) is the inspiration, investor and ‘muse’ of the brand and supermodels Christy Turlington and Helena Christensen are keen devotees.[5]

Social responsibility[edit]

Meehan's other interests primarily lie in areas of organic food and sustainability. He is a co-founder of Greenmont Capital [6] in Colorado with stakes in Izze Soft Drinks and Mary's Gone Crackers.

Meehan sits on the Board of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco comprising the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum[permanent dead link] in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park.

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/17/ownership-of-blue-bottle-coffee-changes-hands/?_r=0
  2. ^ http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0c7f68bc-0a9f-11e5-98d3-00144feabdc0.html#axzz48ZlulQ8h
  3. ^ "ES Magazine interviews Nude Founder Bryan Meehan". Nudeskincare.com. Archived from the original on September 3, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  4. ^ a b Caesar, Ed (2007-05-24). "The eco-capitalist bringing ultra-natural skincare to the masses - Green Living, Environment". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  5. ^ "Friends united Ali Hewson and Bryan Meehan". The Times. London. 2009-01-24. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  6. ^ "Greenmont Capital Partners | People". Greenmont Capital Partners. Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 

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