American-Estonian real estate entrepreneur Paul Oberschneider has taken a stake in Vital Ingredient, the tossed salad-to-go concept, M&C Report has learnt. Oberschneider, who is the founder and chief executive of Hauser-Oberschneider, one of Europe’s biggest property developers and investors, has taken a 50% stake in the chain, which opened its first site in Soho in 2001. The business, which was founded by managing director Alex Heynes, now plans to grow to up to 15 sites in London over the next two years. Managing director Heynes will be developing the company’s unit model during its expansion, with a newly formed management team of Oberschneider as chief executive; ex-PSS Holdings chairman Tim Hobbs as chief financial officer; and Bruce Kamp, formerly at Nando’s, as operations manager. The company currently operates five sites in the capital, its original site in Soho, one at Mansion House, two in Mayfair and one in Holborn. It celebrates its 10th anniversary this month.