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Sweetgreen acquires meal-delivery platform

Health-focused brand buys D.C.-based Galley Foods

Sweetgreen, the 94-unit health-oriented restaurant brand, has acquired Galley Foods, the Washington, D.C.-based meal delivery service, the company said Tuesday.

Los Angeles-based Sweetgreen said terms of the deal included cash and stock but other details were not disclosed.

"We're both companies with D.C. roots, and we're like-minded in our mission and in our commitment to our customers to better understand them and meet them wherever they are," said Jonathan Neman, Sweetgreen co-founder and CEO, in a statement.

Sweetgreen said the acquisition is to leverage Galley Foods' knowledge of logistics technology, live courier operations and high-volume production. Neman said Galley Foods offers “unparalleled insight into delivery.” Sweetgreen was founded in Washington but moved its headquarters to Los Angeles several years ago.

Alan Clifford, CEO of Galley Foods, will join the Sweetgreen team as vice president of logistics, the company said.

"As a health-focused brand that was also homegrown in Washington, D.C., we've admired Sweetgreen since its start," Clifford said. "It's a company that, since its inception, has paved the way for change in the restaurant industry and inspired other brands to challenge the way they think about connecting people to food."

As part of the terms of the acquisition, Galley Foods will continue to operate in and serve D.C. while leveraging Sweetgreen's supply chain made up of regional growers, producers and distributors.

Sweetgreen is also partnering with Dreaming Out Loud, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that works to build a healthy food system for marginalized community members across the city. Sweetgreen and Galley Foods will offer prepared meals made with local ingredients to families participating in the summer community-supported agriculture program at the Kelly Miller Farm, an urban farm program at Kelly Miller Middle School providing fresh fruits and vegetables.

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