Food Industry on another Level with OSI Group
OSI Group continues succeeding in the food manufacturing industry with products from other food companies that compliment well with the company’s goals and values. OSI Group provides quality products for food services and retail brands globally. Last year’s productivity of the company reflected its emphasis on growth with seven new facilities for production and processing worldwide.
David McDonald, the OSI Group President, is pushing for growth. He ensures the company not only grows in its capacity but also in its appetite. His product development strategy has helped bring more customers and also through partnering with its clients on products who help them to grow the business. Moreover, OSI paid $ 7.4 million to acquire a former Tyson Foods plant in Chicago. The 200,000 square foot plant provides support promoting their business growth.
OSI offers beef products like bacon, hot dogs, meatballs, hamburgers and pork products as well as vegetable products and poultry. With the purchase of Flagship Europe which provides products like dips, marinades, sandwich fillings, dressings, and sauces, OSI expanded its business to Europe. David McDonald stated that Flagship would create a broader presence of OSI Group in Europe broadening the company’s ability to meet the evolving needs of clients.
Moreover, Baho Food, a manufacturer mainly operating in Germany and Netherlands, joined OSI and started supplying food furthering the OSI’s presence in Europe. Baho manufactures snacks, convenient foods, and deli meat. With its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Group focuses on global growth. David McDonald ensures that all OSI staff members around their subsidiaries understand the local cultures and tastes at specific places. The force behind OSI’s growth, Lavin Sheldon, the CEO, has finance and accounting academic background and experience which has helped him lead the company towards success.
OSI Group was established in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky in Chicago as a small butcher shop under the name Otto $ Sons. They worked so hard to see the butcher experience tremendous growth. At the end of the 1970s, Lavin Sheldon joined the two Otto sons to work with them. The partnership benefited the company as it grew to greater heights.
In 1975, the brand name changed to OSI Group. With one son selling his interest and the other one retiring, Sheldon Lavin became the full holder of the company. OSI Group has grown to have 65 branches operating in 65 countries serving in 17 countries. Sheldon Lavin hopes to take OSI Group to the next level providing high-end food products.