Evolution and Growth of the OSI Group since the 19th Century

In 2016, the OSI Group made into the top 100 food companies due to three factors, namely,

  • The leadership of its efficient chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin.
  • Acquisition of the Tyson Foods plant
  • Acquisition of the Baho Food Company

Sheldon Lavin efforts in the company have upgraded it from a domestic food firm status company to a multi-billion dollar food processing company. OSI Group has over 60 regional offices across 16 nations. Sheldon’s achievement at the business earned him recognition by the Global Visionary Award of India’s Vision World Academy. Sheldon then increased the rising and ever changing demands of the firm’s clients by acquiring Tyson Foods Plants, a storage warehouse, a food manufacturing facility, and Baho Food company.

Baho Food has increased the presence of OSI Group in Europe due to its five subsidiaries located in two Europe nations, namely Germany and the Netherlands. David G. MacDonald, the president of OSI Group, stated that Baho’s products and brands are a complimentary addition to the processing strengths of his company. Baho Food processes deli meats, convenience foods, and snacks for the retail and foodservice sectors. John Balvers, the managing director of Baho, revealed that his staff would combine efforts with the new owners of the company to realize bigger goals in serving clients internationally.

The OSI group is a foundation of Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant who opened a meat distribution company in Illinois. The then group, known as Otto and Sons, had branches in the surrounding regions of Illinois. The company expanded rapidly in the 1950s, after entering into a contract with McDonald’s, to be its only meat supplier. To date, OSI Group supplies meat patties, bacon, dough products, vegetable products, poultry, hot dogs, pork, and fish. It has evolved and expanded its business internationally, to supply meat to firms such as Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Subway and Starbucks.

The OSI Group has featured in the Forbes’ list of the fastest growing private companies on several occasions. In 2008, it occupied position 75, and in 2016, it held position 58. OSI Group has received another recognition; the Globe of Honor in 2016, for maintaining an excellent environmental management program. The group qualified for the award by meeting the requirements of having a five-star rating by the British Safety Council and showcasing their environmental maintenance plan across all levels from its shop floor to the boardroom. . In addition to the 2016 award, OSI Group also won the 2013 and 2015 awards.

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