The OSI Group is a food industry leader in the global production and distribution of meat, vegetable and dough products. Founded in 1909 in the Chicago area, the company headquarters is now located in Aurora, Illinois. The company’s CEO is Sheldon Lavin. Under his leadership, the OSI Group has grown from a family owned and operated company that provided meat for McDonald’s and restaurants and supermarkets in the U.S. into a premier global supplier of food products for retail food brand and foodservice companies. The company has branches in Asia, Europe and the United States.
The company creates value-added food products the meet the tastes and cultural nuances of customers in a wide range of countries. The OSI Group has facilities in more than 17 countries and employs local management teams that understand and are sensitive to the local tastes and cultures. The OSI Group is known for the scale and efficiency of their operations and commitment to providing effective services and solutions to the challenges they face in serving diverse markets. And the privately owned company continues to expand its customer base by purchasing companies like Baho Foods Flagship Europe.
The company has been operating in China for over 20 years. They have 8 facilities in the country and are on the verge of becoming China’s largest poultry producer. The OSI Group provides products for Western fast food companies doing business in China. They include Burger King, McDonald’s, Papa John’s, Starbucks and Subway. The OSI Group supplies items like beef patties, sausage links and other protein items as well as pizza and sandwiches. The company recently began building a mega-plant in Henan province and announced a joint-venture with the Chinese company the DOYOO Group.
During the course of its over 100 years in business, the OSI Group has received numerous awards for excellence in worker safety, quality production practices, product development and environmental sustainability. The company has invested large sums in the development of cutting-edge manufacturing equipment to improve food safety and quality while protecting the environment. In 2016 the British Safety Council gave the OSI Group the Globe of Honor award for their excellent management practices designed to mitigate environmental risks. The company has had a production facility in the U.K. since 1989 and has won the Globe of Honor on two other occasions.
The leadership of the OSI Group has been called exemplars of best practices.
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