The Role of Sheldon Lavin in the Growth of OSI Group

OSI Group has been in the world’s food industry for quite a long time. It produces an array of food products that range from beef, pork, and chicken to sandwiches, sauces, and vegetables. OSI Group’s corporate headquarters is located in Aurora, Illinois. OSI Group’s top leaders, CEO Sheldon Lavin and President David McDonald have recently expedited its global expansion.

OSI Group opened first facility in Beijing, China in 1992. It soon began supplying meat and food products to fast-casual restaurants. Sixteen years later, the Beijing plant was chosen to supply chicken, beef, eggs, and pork during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Participants expressed their satisfaction with OSI Group’s food quality. Afterwards, OSI’s expansion pace started to accelerate. OSI Group also seeks to enhance its presence in South Asia. OSI Group entered South Asia through the acquisition of Vista Processed Foods, a renowned food supplier in India in 1995. In 2012, OSI Group opened Madanapalle, a new facility that supplies frozen vegetables to Indian fast-food outlets. In the same year, OSI Group opened a new processing facility in Poland to compete against a nearby slaughterhouse that began operation 20 years ago.

OSI Group’s customers in Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, and Sweden can now order hamburgers from its new facility in Ostroda. The new facility can produce up to 25,000 tons. In the fall of 2012, OSI Group spent around $25 million to scale up its chicken production in Hungary. In 2014 and 2015, two of OSI Group’s eco-friendly facilities received certification as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). After opening a new facility in southern Germany, OSI Group acquired a fellow supplier, Flagship Europe, which supplies sauces, poultry, and mayonnaise to British dining establishments.

A year later, OSI Group acquired an interest in a Dutch food processing firm, Baho Foods. It supplies deli products and snacks to restaurants and malls in 18 European nations. In March 2017, OSI Group initiated another major deal by acquiring Hynek Schalachthof GMbH, a German meat business that operates beef slaughterhouses. OSI Group was attracted to Hyneck Schlachthof because its slaughterhouses were near cattle ranches. Even with this growth pace, OSI Group aims to grow consistently and open new facilities across the world. Credit for OSI’s growth goes to Sheldon Lavin for his commitment to expanding the operations of OSI Group and its product line. As the world’s population continues to grow, the future of OSI Group seems bright.

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