OSI Food Solutions wins Second Globe of Honour

OSI Food Solutions, an international supplier of food products, recently doubled chicken production at their Spain branch. Previously, the company was producing 12,000 tons of chicken annually; now they are producing 24,000 tons. The expansion cost the company 17 million euros.

This raises the Toledo, Spain branch’s production to a total of 45,000 tons annual. This number includes beef and pork products as well. The change added 20 new jobs to the factory, raising employment numbers from 140 to 160.

OSI Food Solutions began as a family owned butcher shop in Illinois. It has since grown into what it is today – an international supplier of several fast food chains. McDonald’s was their first and biggest client. They have been partnered together since the 1950s. In the 1980s, with the invention of flash freezing technology, the two companies grew by leaps and bounds.

OSI doesn’t merely work with fast food suppliers. They are also growing by purchasing other companies. Baho Foods and Flagship Europe are two recent acquisitions.

Baho Foods, a Dutch company, comes with several subsidiaries with the purchase. Gelderland Frischwaren, Hakx Foods, Q Smart Life and more are all now under new ownership. Baho Foods produces meat products and snacks.

Another recent acquisition by OSI was an old Tyson production plant in Illinois. This purchase enables OSI to operate on a wider scale, further adding to their immense production lines.

OSI Food Solutions is also working to limit their environmental footprint. In fact, they received the 2016 Globe of Honour for their involvement in environmental management. Only companies that are proactive in environmental waste management are considered for the award. This is OSI Food Solutions’ second time receiving the award. The award is given out by the British Safety Council.

Lynda Armstrong, of the British Safety Council, congratulated OSI on its award saying: “On behalf of the trustees and staff of the British Safety Council, I sincerely congratulate OSI Food Solutions UK Ltd on winning a Globe of Honour for 2016.”

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The Full Scoop on OSI Group McDonalds

In the world of global expansions, hostile corporate takeover, and mergers and acquisitions in which we currently live, there exists one food processing giant which is not quite so hostile and which takes a family-first approach to business. Born out of 1950’s Chicago from a few German immigrant meat-packers, Otto and Sons grew up coincidentally around the same time that the world famous Ray Kroc started his first McDonalds franchise location in Des Plaines, Illinois. Because of the proximity of the two locations to one another, McDonald’s naturally was in search for a meat supplier who could be diligent and trusted to supply the growing needs of their wild success. With Germans always being trusted and known for their attention to details in the car industry since the dawn of the twentieth century, it’s no wonder that McDonald’s stuck with Otto and Sons. Visit their website at osigroup.com to learn more.

In 1975, with the company looking to expand their wings, they hired a new CEO names Sheldon Lavin and they shortened their name to OSI Group McDonalds. Armed with the utmost professionally-sounding name, a new CEO, and a genius in the Animal Sciences world (David McDonald), the company thereafter saw enormous growth and has been able to provide jobs for 20,000 people in 17 countries, spread across 65 different plant locations.

Attributing their success to their ability to stay private, and to their family-first values, COO of OSI Group McDonalds (David McDonald) had this to say about the longevity of the organization. “It is important to note that, within OSI, we value family. Our people and our customers are viewed as family. The products that we make should be good enough to serve to our respective families proudly.” Cleary, the family first approach has worked well for OSI Group McDonalds..

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An Overview Of The Growth Of OSI Group McDonalds

In 1909, Otto Kolschowsky ventured into the meat retail market. He owned a butcher shop that was situated in Chicago, Illinois. After ten years, Otto Kolschowsky delved into the wholesale sector. Otto’s business grew profoundly, and he decided to seek assistance from his sons- Arthur and Harry. With his sons as part of the company, Otto Kolschowsky rebranded the corporation into Otto & Sons.

OSI and McDonalds Enter Into an Agreement

Ray Kroc, a franchise agent, launched the first McDonald’s restaurant in 1955. He utilized his knowledge in franchising to expand the McDonald’s business entity. Before officially opening the first McDonald’s restaurant, Kroc contracted OSI Group to become their supplier of processed meat products.

OSI Group McDonalds took the deal. Since Ray Kroc was a franchise agent, he used his skill set to fuel the growth of the McDonald’s restaurants. With time, the McDonald’s restaurant became widespread. Although OSI Group received bulk orders for the supply of processed meat products, the company experienced challenges when ferrying meat products to the McDonalds restaurants that were far from their food processing facilities.

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OSI Group McDonalds makes use of Technology

OSI Group McDonalds was encountering challenges when trying to deliver fresh products to some of the McDonalds restaurants. To ensure that the partnership would stay afloat, OSI Group McDonalds had to seek a solution. After searching for some time, OSI Group came across a food preservation process that involved the use of liquid nitrogen. Scientists referred to this concept as flash freezing.

After the breakthrough, the partnership between the two entities blossomed even more. Eventually, McDonalds and OSI Group grew into international companies. Otto Kolschowsky and his sons- Arthur and Harry led the company for many years. When they approached their retirement age, they handed over the company’s leadership to Sheldon Lavin.

In the 1970s, Sheldon Lavin became a managing partner and the CEO of OSI Group. Before joining OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin was an investment consultant. He offered his services to OSI Group in the 1970s when OSI Group was seeking funds to fuel the company’s growth. While serving as the CEO, Sheldon Lavin has carried on OSI Group McDonalds vision of global development.

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Waiakea Water — Save the Environment, Break the Chain

It was not long ago that people would have laughed at the prospect of selling water in a bottle. After all, how could you sell something that is free in nature? Why would people want to buy something so trivial and easily available? Well, a strange thing happened. With the introduction of the fitness industry, people wanted to drink more water. Bottled water became a luxury item. It was a status symbol. If you had the money to pay for something that was free, then you were affluent and healthy. Bottled water portrayed the message that you were somebody to listen to. But, the bottled water industry came with a downside. There were droughts and pollution.

Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water came as a result of these widespread problems. Whereas the bottled water companies of the past were not concerned with the environment, Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water made sure they preserved the environment that they got their water from. They took care of the trees, the ground, the spring, and the volcano. The company was founded in Hawaii, so the roots of naturalism and preserving nature are strong. The founder wanted to stay as close to the land as possible. Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is the only bottled water that comes from an active volcano on the island of Hawaii. The water is then filtered through miles of volcanic rock, and cooled in a naturally occurring sprig at the foot of the volcano.

The founder of Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water was saddened when he found out about trash island. This is the island made of trash that humans have thrown into the ocean for decades. It kills hundreds of sea animals every year. Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water wanted to do something about it. They donated money to various causes to protect the environment, and they invested in biodegradable water bottles. Their water bottles are the only environmentally friendly bottles on the market. Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is a proponent of environmental preservation and societal change. They are leading the market in bottled water, and they are leading the world in an effort to break the chain of deadly pollution.

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A Short History of the OSI Group

Osi Group is one of the largest suppliers of food products worldwide. Founded in 1928 under the moniker Otto & Sons it quickly gained local notoriety for offering quality meats. OSI began to reach a new height in the mid 1950’s when it began supplying meat patties to then up-start Mcdonald’s. The partnership between the two companies grew so strong over the years that OSI began relying heavily on the business of supplying beef to local McDonald’s restaurants.

In the early 1970’s OSI Group sought out funding to build a meat processing facility and become the Midwest supplier of hamburgers to McDonald’s Corporation. Shortly after the implementation of cryogenic food processing revolutionizing the fast food industry, Mcdonald’s no longer had the need for its large network of fresh beef suppliers. Mcdonald’s decided to shift from a network of roughly 150-200 fresh beef suppliers to only relying on four meat suppliers. OSI was chosen to be one of the four meat suppliers.

In 1975 OSI started looking into overseas investment opportunities. OSI expanded its business across North America and parts of Europe and continued its expansion plans into the 1980’s building facilities in South America and Taiwan. Click here to know more.

In the 1980’s OSI Chairman and CEO Sheldon took full control over the company’s direction and gained 100% voting control once the last remaining original owner decided to sell out. Lavin wanted to make sure OSI reached its full potential once he took control in the 1980’s. Though he started his career in finance he had no plans of returning to his former profession and dedicated his energy to building OSI into something big. Under Lavin OSI expanded into the Philippines, China, Australia, Japan, India and South Africa.

In 2016 OSI won the 2016 Globe of Honor Award by the British Safety Council. Today the global food supplier employs more than 20,000 individuals worldwide.

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