OSI Group operates 65 outlets in 17 countries and has 20,000 employees, making it among the world’s largest food provider. Its humble beginnings date back to 1909 when Otto Kolschowsky owned Otto & Sons, butcher shop, and small meat market. However, it is not until 1955 when the business became McDonald’s first hamburger supplier that the company started growing. In 1973, it began operating a factory specializing in meeting the McDonald’s needs. Sheldon Lavin joined the company in the 1970s, helping the brothers reach the global market alongside McDonald’s expansion. Otto & Sons changed to become OSI Group in 1995 and continued expanding to various countries in the 1980s and 1990s. The rapid growth in the early 1980s led to Sheldon Lavin becoming the CEO and Chairman. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin receives Global Visionary Award.
OSI Group entered the Asia-Pacific market through a joint venture in 1987 with K & K Foods, and later GenOsi in 1990. OSI Group ventured the fresh produce sector through acquisitions in China. In Australia, it acquired a company that welcomed it to the beef industry in the country. In 2014, it enlarged its beef distribution in Europe by entering a joint venture with Pickstock in the UK. OSI Group ventured into value-added meat products by going into business with Select Ready Foods in Canada. In Germany, it joined with EDEKA, a well-known supermarket chain. In2016, it acquired Tyson which increased OSI Group’s growth through the additional storage space. It also bought the controlling stake of Baho Food in the Netherlands. Still, in 2016, OSI Group acquired Flagship Europe in the UK and Germany’s Hynek Schlachthof GmbH.
Sheldon Lavin, being a banking executive and an investor, brought his experience and passion for succeeding to OSI Group, when he joined the business as a partner. He initially had a third in stake in the company but later obtained a half interest when one of the brothers sold his stake. Lavin then got 100% stake when the other brother also retired. Sheldon Lavin decided if he had to continue with the business, he had to keep expanding strategically. He is behind the global expansion in the 1970s.
Sheldon Lavin had strategically planned made the acquisitions, joint ventures, and purchases. He as well emphasized his expansion in green innovations. Mr. Lavin does not plan on exiting, and he is committed to reducing environmental impact, being socially responsible and advancing a supply chain that is sustainable.
Sheldon Lavin’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/public/Sheldon-Lavin
OSI Group is a premier global supplier of food products in the world’s leading food service. OSI is based in Aurora Illinois, with plants all over the world. There are 65 facilities, and 200,000 employees in 17 countries. OSI group offers many advantages such as: Custom food solutions, efficient and trustworthy supply chain expertise, innovative research, and unsurpassed food safety. They also offer a commitment of sustainability. OSI Industries have been delivering quality food products for over a hundred years.
OSI Group acquired two companies in Europe. Both of these companies help OSI have a broader presence in Europe. Baho Foods is a Dutch manufacturer of convenience foods. Baho also has 5 subsidiaries in Germany and the Netherlands. They service customers in 18 European Countries. John Balvers, Baho’s managing director and his team will remain a part of the company. Flagship Europe was acquired from Flagship food group in Denver Colorado. They supply poultry, pies, sous vi de products as well as sauces and dressings.
OSI bought the Former Tyson Foods plant in Chicago Illinois in June of 2016.OSI feels that purchase of the facility enhances their capabilities to meet the needs of their customers. Click here to know more.
To compete for the Globe of Honour, an organization has to achieve the maximum of 5 stars in the British Safety Council’s Environment Management Audit Scheme in a period of a year. The organizations also has to demonstrate to an independent panel of experts that they have excellence in environmental management throughout every aspect of the business. There were 18 organizations worldwide that were presented with a Globe of Honour in 2016. OSI Group received one of the 18 Globe of Honour awards from the British Safety Council in 2016 for their exemplary management of environmental risks.