How OSI Food Solutions is Maintaining its World Leadership Position in the Provision of Food Products and Solutions

OSI Food Solutions is an Aurora-based company which is a world leader in providing quality products and custom solutions for the food industry. The company has come a long way from being a mere butcher shop in 1908 to become a global food provider. Since its conception in 1908, the company has been consistent in its growth and sustainability efforts. It embraced ecofriendly practices in their processes at an early stage. The environmental efforts of OSI’s UK subsidiary were recognized with a Globe of Honour Award in 2016 by the British Safety Council.

The prestigious Globe of Honour Awards and several other awards is a testament to OSI Food Solutions’ excellence in the pursuit of excellence. The company has been persistent in its growth efforts since its conception. It has always looked for better ways to expand and provide affordable, consistent and quality products. All these efforts have materialized into results, thanks to its capable leadership team led by Sheldon Lavin as CEO and David McDonald as President.

In 2016, OSI Food Solutions endeavored to increase its reach in European countries by acquiring Baho Food. The Dutch company which has subsidiaries in Germany and Netherlands, supplied food products to more than 18 countries in Europe. OSI also acquired Flagship Europe in the same year. Needless to say, 2016 was a very good year for the titan in the food industry. With these acquisitions, OSI is leaving a foot print in the Europe food industry. Flagship Europe took over the production of frozen poultry, condiments and pies from the parent company.

The company started in the USA, specifically, Chicago and it supplied McDonalds’ chain of restaurants with meat products. OSI Food Solutions started focusing on growing globally in the 1970s and 1980s. Although it is focused on extending its reach to untapped markets across the world, it also looks to maintain its leadership position in the United States. A subsidiary of Tyson Food in Chicago was closing down and people were going to lose jobs. OSI came in swiftly and acquired the plant for $7.4 million. The plant retained employees who wished to maintain their positions in the plant.

OSI Food Solutions replicates its environmental-friendly and safety practices across its 17 facilities in different countries. It has also lived up to its corporate social responsibilities by sponsoring various charity organizations and encouraging giving back.

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