JULIE SMOLYANSKY, CEO, Lifeway Foods: People want access to healthy food everywhere they go
By Elaine Watson
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When Julie Smolyansky took the helm at kefir market leader Lifeway Foods in 2002 after the sudden death of her father (its founder), the stock went into freefall as investors feared the 27-year old wasn’t ready to run a public company. They were wrong.
Today, Smolyansky sits at the helm of a rapidly-growing business with global ambitions (net sales surged 22% to $119m in 2014 vs $10.7m in 2001, the year before she took over) with a brand that completely dominates the market (Lifeway has a 95%+ share of kefir sales in the US).
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