SFA News Live Innovator Series Shannon Allen, Grown

SFA News Live Innovator Series Shannon Allen, Grown

Entrepreneur Shannon Allen has a developed a new way of looking at fast food with her game-changing chain Grown, the first USDA-certified drive-through fast food restaurant in the eastern U.S. “Real food is not made or manufactured, it’s grown,” asserts Allen, who created the concept after struggling to find healthful fast food options for her son, Walker, who had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. “McDonalds, Dunkin’ Donuts, Burger King are all providing a service to busy people, but the challenge is that they aren’t listening to the wants of busy people,” says Allen, who contends that an organic menu is not limited to the top percent of household income. “We offer real food, cooked slow for fast people,” she explains. One of Grown’s six locations is in a Walmart Supercenter in Orlando. (Other locations include four more around Florida and one at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.) In this SFA News Live interview with Phil Lempert, Allen talks more about the Grown concept and how it’s disrupting the concept of fast food.

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