Livio Bisterzo: Making The Food Industry A Little More Healthy

Leonardo DiCaprio Investment in HIPPEAS
Leonardo DiCaprio is a well-recognized name in Hollywood especially for his role in the award winning Titanic. However, this actor also has a knack for investment, with his latest investment being in HIPPEAS which is a natural snack food company. Strand Equity Partners are also part of the investors, investing with the company. The company is well known for its products such as the organic chickpea puffs. The chickpea puffs come in six different flavors. HIPPEAS is quickly becoming a household name in the U.S. and the UK.

This latest investment by both Leonardo DiCaprio and Strand Equity Partners has been received with great excitement by Livio Bisterzo who is HIPPEAS co-founder. Leonardo who is also an environmental activist has also made another investment with Love in the Wild which is seafood brand.

About Livio Bisterzo
Born in Italy, Livio Bisterzo relocated to the UK in 1999. He studied at the University of the Arts in London. Bisterzo started venturing into business at an early age. The businessman is now based in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and three children and runs his HIPPEAS Company.

Career
Livio Bisterzo first ventured into business in 2003 when he started an event business. He made his way to the top and is now a celebrated businessman. His brands have been featured in Vanity Fair, GQ, The Times, Esquire, The FT, Harpers, and Sunday style. However, in 2010, Bisterzo left the events business and in 2011, he acquired a business called Little Miracles which is a beverage business. Bisterzo built this once small business into a recognizable brand in Europe.

In 2015, Bisterzo founded the Green Park Holdings whose first brand was HIPPEAS. This brand was launched into the market in 2016. In 2016, Livio Bisterzo also made a big move with his family from the UK and settled in Los Angeles. He hopes that through his company, a difference will be made in the food industry. HIPPEAS will also support farmers in Eastern Africa by donating a portion of its sales to Farm Africa.

Sheldon Lavin Chief Executive Officer And Chairman Of OSI Group

Sheldon Lavin is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of OSI Group. The OSI group, whose headquarters are in Aurora, Illinois is a privately owned firm that deals with meat processors and services the retail and the food service industry.

Lavin got into the meat processing business around 47 years back after making a turnaround from being an investor and executive in the banking sector and starting his own financial consulting business. When he joined the OSI group, McDonald’s Centric bugger supply was small, but he has managed to change it into a global supplier of food products.

The path to working at a meat industry started in 1970 when Sheldon Lavin was still working at a financial institution. Otto and Sons which is the predecessor company of OSI industries were looking for funding. The bank requested Lavin to have an ownership position at the Otto and Sons Company. Though he was not for the idea at first, he eventually gave in under the condition that he would have the same amount of leverage that the members of Otto and Sons had.

In 1975, Sheldon Lavin became more involved with the business as in fact started to look for investments overseas. Later McDonald’s asked Lavin to join in full-time business so that OSI could continue to grow with McDonald’s. Sheldon Lavin agreed to this arrangement since he has a deep appreciation for the entrepreneurial culture and strategies that were used by McDonald’s.

From there, OSI Group started too and grew in North America, Europe, South Africa and Taiwan. In the 1980s, one of the partners decided to sell out which gave Lavin half of the controlling interest. The remaining partner retired after some time which left Lavin as the sole owner. When Lavin took over, he decided to make OSI group big. Years later Lavin is still perusing the growth of the company, despite the fact that it has extended to Philippians, Australia, India, China, Japan, and, South Africa.

OSI and the McDonalds business have circled the globe and taken the culture overseas. In fact, the business is one of the largest protein suppliers in the world. OSI has over 55 facilities in 16 countries. Sheldon Lavin, with his education background in Accounting and Finance and working in a Financial Institute, has enablable him be able to take OSI to a new level.

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