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..
As one of the most reputable food companies, OSI Industries facilities have received many rewards since Sheldon Lavin started leading the industry. For starters, OSI Food Solutions UK was awarded a 2017 International Safety Awarded that was presented by the British Safety Council. The award aims at recognizing OSI Industries for its commitment to ensuring maximum workplace health and safety management. This was the eleventh time that British Safety Council recognized this food company since 2006 for its excellent job in health and safety management.
British Safety Council also honored OSI SI Food Solution UK facility with the Globe Honor Award in 2013, 2015 and 2016. This prize honors companies that have shown incredible environmental management. To top it all, BSC recognized the facility with the Sword Honor award in 215 to honor them for their great work safety management.
OSI Industries Europe plants have also received more awards in recent years. For example, in 2017, Alpenrind-Salzburg, a plant based in Austria won both the silver and bronze award awarded during the World Steak Challenge. Moreover, in 2015, OSI Food Solutions Poland got the first award during the National Labor Inspectorate Awards. This is an award that honors businesses for showing incredible safety record and for maintaining a good employee’s health and for following all the legal requirements.
What’s more? OSI Food Solutions Germany received the Prize of Honor from Food Products in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2014. The facility also won a gold medal for the Product Quality award in 2015.
The awards received by OSI Industries are countless. They have also been seen working extra hard to expand their operations globally. Like in 2016, the company bought a storage warehouse and processing facility in Chicago, bought Baho Food and in January 2018, they renamed the Flagship Food Group to Creative Foods Europe.
OSI Industries aims at increasing its capacity to produce foods and ensuring that it can fulfill all the needs of its customers worldwide and it has surely shown excellent results in that.