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OSI Group: Breaking New Ground In Asia

OSI Group, a major food supplier, has its eyes set on breaking new ground in Asia. The food production company has already opened facilities in the Americas, Europe and parts of Asia. But the country has rolled out a new set of plans of how they plan to expand their operations in the Asia-Pacific Market. OSI Group has always been a company of vision and advancement. It was the initial vision that got the company started by a German immigrant a century ago. In 1909, Otto Kolschowsky opened a butcher shop just two years after arriving to the United States. His west side Chicago butcher shop was opened to serve the heavily influence immigrant community. Ten years later, after the World War I, the businessman has opened second location.

This suburb location was opened to handle the wholesale side of the business. Decades later the businesses were paced down to Otto’s sons. Otto & Sons took the company to another level when it became the number one supplier for McDonald’s. The irresistibly tasty hamburger patty started by Otto was making its way into many McDonald’s across the United States. The small family owned business eventually blossomed into what it today OSI Group. It took many decades and much dedication to create a company that is successful in the meat industry. But this was all accomplished due to maintaining quality in food production.

OSI Group has sixty five facilities in seventeen countries. But the company has no plans of slowing down its rapid growth. In fact, the company is very interested in opening more facilities to run operations more effectively. The Asia-Pacific market is the market the company is focused on mostly right now. Although parts of North America, South America and Europe already have OSI Group facilities located in them, the company sees where they can advance their company with more infrastructure in Asia. Ever since 2010, the food supplier has been opening facilities in Japan and India. They are looking to make their poultry supply chain flow more effectively. Additionally, they are looking to add non meat items to their business operations.

Sheldon Lavin From Finance Company to Food Supplier

Sheldon Lavin is committed to sustainable food production. In 1975, Mr. Lavin became president and CEO of OSI Group. Lavin, with the help of David McDonald, had helped OSI Group go global. OSI Group is currently one of the largest producers of beef in the world.Prior to working at OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin worked at Otto & Sons and was made a partner. Lavin was hired to help the company with their finances. Otto & Sons had requested that Mr. Lavin take on a stake of ownership in the company, but Lavin declined the offer. OSI was originally Otto & Son that was founded in 1909 by Otto Kolchowski.

Major growth began in 1955 when Ray Kroc began to order Mc Donald’s meat from them to make their burgers. The orders were so big, Otto & Sons had a specialty plant built in 1973 to handle McDonald’s restaurant orders. It was in the 1980s that OSI expanded their business outside the North American continent. OSI supplied to Brazil, Germany, Taiwan, Spain, and Austria. In the 1990s, OSU added Philipines, Mexico, China, and Poland into their foreign markets. By the New millennium, countries like Australia, India, Canada, and China become clients of OSI Group. Mr. Lavin plans to supply food everywhere. Sheldon Lavin had earned many sustainability awards since taking charge of OSI Group.

OSI Group and Sheldon Lavin earned many awards, including Global Visionary Award, North American Meat Institute of Environmental Award, and others.Mr. Lavin was born in 1932. He received his bachelor’s degree in business from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Ill. Lavin was an undergraduate student at University of Illinois and Nothwestern University where he majored in accounting and finance. Prior to working at Otto & Sons and OSI Group, Lavin ran Sheldon Lavin and Associates Inc, located in downtown Chicago. Lavin likes to support various charities, including Ronald McDonald House where children and their families stay while the child gets cancer treatment. He’s been a chairman and trustee of Ronald McDonald House for over 25 years. Mr. Lavin is President and the Director of Sheba Foundation.

Sheldon Lavin Helped OSI Grow Throughout the Years

The OSI Group has 20,000 employees and is one of the biggest food providers around the globe. Sheldon Lavin is the current Chief Executive Officer of the company with plants in 17 countries.

Otto Kolschowsky started in the company in 1909 in the Oak Park area of Chicago. He had only immigrated to the United States 2 years earlier. It began as a small butcher shop but expanded just a decade later into wholesale. When this expansion occurred, the meat market was moved to Maywood. In 1928, Otto & Sons were born when Kolschowsky decided to rebrand the company to be a family business.

They continued to thrive as a small wholesale business in Chicago for years until they entered into an agreement with Ray Kroc who created the first McDonald’s in Des Planes, Illinois. This was one of the first steps in establishing retail franchises of restaurants. The agreement stated that Otto & Sons would be the first choice to supply meat for the franchise. When Ray Kroc made the decision to buy out the Mcdonalds, it was a very important development in the history of OSI Group. As Mcdonald’s grew, so did the demand for OSI to supply a quality product at a good cost. Flash freezing changed everything forever when it came to OSI, they were able to greatly reduce their costs and expand their product line.

In the early 1980’s, Sheldon Lavin became the Chief Executive Officer of OSI as well as the chairman. This was a very high growth phase for the company and Sheldon Lavin was able to facilitate this growth with his investment experience. IN 1987, OSI Asia-Pacific was born in conjunction with K&K Foods. When China entered into the World Trade Organization in 2001, Sheldon Lavin knew that there would be a huge opportunity for growth in that market.

They continued to grow in the United States as well and opened up a plant in Iowa that focused on hot dogs, sausage, and bacon. These were new product lines for OSI that expanded their market dramatically. OSI now has 64 plants around the globe and is continuing to grow under the guidance of Sheldon Lavin. While their headquarters are still in Chicago, the company is now a global operation that runs on a network of local managers that communicate globally.

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Developing of OSI Group and Recent Purchase of Flagship Europe

A couple of months ago, OSI Group declared the procurement of Flagship Europe right from the Flagship Food Group. A greatly regarded provider within the UK foodservice market, Flagship Europe has innovative items across various product categories and innovative products. Such include sous vide products, frozen poultry, mayonnaise, sauces, dressings and pies from Oliver James, the award-winning producer.

Flagship Europe thus extended its presence with the Food To Go field following the obtaining of Calder Foods, a profoundly regarded provider of sandwich fillings, marinades, plunges, sauces, and mayonnaise. According to Russell Maddock, the chief executive officer at Flagship Europe, the acquisition is another dynamic move. He added that the increased resources in collaboration with the OSI Group would strength both organizations in the marketplace, open up new chances and improve the firm’s proposition that will enable them to cater for clients better and offer support to the existing business.

Russell Maddock added that the acquisition is another energizing and dynamic advancement for Flagship Europe. The expanded assets will become available in addition to the access to new customers and world markets being one unit of the OSI Group. “Engaging Flagship to OSI Europe business provides OSI with an extensive presence within the continent,” said David G. McDonald, chief operating officer and president of OSI Group, LLC, situated in Aurora, Illinois. “The organization’s arrangement of items and brands supplements OSI’s present handling qualities while expanding our abilities to best cater the developing needs of our clients.” Their Facebook Page.

The Flagship Food Group has reported of acknowledging the OSI Group offer to purchase Flagship Europe. OSI Group which is US-based is a multi-billion food producing organization with production centers in Asia, Europe, and America. OSI Group has continued growing with last year winning the 2016 Globe of Honour from the British Safety Council. Its commitments have seen the company also recently bought the Baho Food and Tyson Food Plant hence making the organization among the top 100 food companies in America.