For over 109 years, OSI Food Solutions has been providing customers with high quality food products. Initially it only sold the finest cuts of meats to families, supermarkets and restaurants in the Chicago area. The company later began packaging private label products for a variety of brands. Its biggest growth spurt occurred in the 1950s when the company got a handshake contract with Ray Kroc to supply his growing McDonald’s franchises with beef patties. Soon OSI Food Solutions wanted to expand to new facilities in West Chicago and buy new equipment, so they turned to a financial services company run by former banker Sheldon Lavin.
So impressed was Sheldon Lavin with the company’s potential, he not only got them the money they needed to handle their expansion, he also ended up buying a controlling amount of shares of the company’s stock. When the original owners retired in the late 1970s, Sheldon Lavin became CEO and immediately set the company on a course of rapid global expansion. These days, OSI Food Solutions has over 70 facilities in 17 countries. They have customers on 5 continents and are the largest poultry processor in China. The company also has processing facilities and customers in Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Mexico, Japan and India.
Europe has also been a major target of the company’s expansion efforts. Through acquisition of companies and the building of their own facilities OSI Food Solutions now has a presence in more than two dozen European nations. They have processing facilities in Poland, Hungary, Spain and Germany. In Holland they bought the snacks company Baho Foods. To increase their presence in the UK, the company bought London based food company Flagship Europe. The company recently expanded its production capacity in Europe by increasing the size of its meat processing facility in Toledo, Spain.
One of the things that has always set OSI Food Solutions apart is its commitment to environmentally sustainable food production practices. That has led the British Safety Council to give the company their 2016 Globe of Honor for their groundbreaking environmental stewardship practices. The company also has an excellent worker safety record and a generous benefits package for its staff of over 20,000. That has led to low worker turnover and very high productivity. The company is also known for its innovation, technical expertise and the ability to meet the unique food need of diverse cultures.
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