OSI Group Moves towards Global Expansion

OSI Group, which is an amalgamation of OSI Industries and OSI International Foods, has for long dominated the meat and food processing. Under the leadership of Mr. Sheldon Lavin, the CEO, OSI Group focuses on providing customers from different parts of the world with quality food products. In fact, the company has been contributing a huge percentage of the foods in the supermarkets and restaurants for decades. Apart from having its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois, the company has different branches overseas reaching approximately seventeen countries at the moment. The impact of the company is heavily felt in the 17 countries and OSI plans on extending the reach every passing day.

OSI Group has probably one of the most impressive histories. The story which started at around one hundred years ago has seen the company move from a simple business to a global force. OSI was founded by Otto Kolschowsky in 1909. Back then it existed under the name Otto & Sons, USA and was just a humble butchery. Otto and his two sons would not have envisioned it as the global company it is today. They had no idea that the company would one day have the many partners it has today plus the sixty-five locations in different parts of the world.

OSI Group’s journey

The journey started when Otto & Sons were given the opportunity to work with McDonald’s as their hamburger supplier. The company was initially unable to utilize the business opportunity due to financial constraints but it later acquired monetary funding from a financial institution to facilitate the move. The current CEO, Lavin, came into the company around the time when it opened a new plant dedicated to the McDonalds deal. This was in 1973. Sheldon became a partner and began to steer the company towards a global front.

During the 1980s, OSI Group established businesses in Spain, Germany, Taiwan, Brazil, and Australia as it opened two more plants in the US. In the 1990s it expanded to China, Mexico, Poland, and the Philippines. Many more achievements followed with the start of a new millennium; in the United Kingdom, OSI Group started a mutual venture with Pickstock. In Germany, the company partnered with EDEKA which is a well-established supermarket chain. This was followed by several acquisitions of plants here and there. Now, OSI Group enjoys global dominance and continues to become popular in many parts of the world. With his attention on sustainability, green practices and sustainability, Sheldon Lavin aims at continuing with global expansion by making use of strategic market-focused techniques.

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