Food processing giant OSI Industries is among the world leaders when it comes to providing consumers with quality products and business with custom solutions to address the food services challenges they face. Founded in 1909 in the Chicago area in Illinois, the company has always had a reputation for offering the highest quality products. When Sheldon Lavin took control of the company in the 1980s, he created a plan to turn the growing American meat processing company into a major player in the global food services industry. Through careful planning, innovation, acquisition and building quality facilities, he has done just that.
One of the first things Sheldon Lavin did was put in place a number of groundbreaking food quality, worker safety and environmental management rules, systems and policies. They have helped the company to keep the quality of the food they produce high, worker injury and accidents low and garnered a number of awards for excellent environmental management. Since OSI Industries has expanded into the European market, the British Safety Council has awarded the company their Globe of Honor for superior environmental management three times. Most recently, OSI Industries was awarded the British Safety Council 2016 Globe of Honor.
Although OSI Industries has 70 food processing facilities in 17 countries and customers in 85 countries, they have recently begun to make a concerted effort to increase their customer base in Europe. To begin this process, they acquired the Dutch company Baho Foods. The convenience foods, snacks and deli meats manufacturer has five processing facilities in the Netherlands and Germany and customers in 18 European countries. OSI Industries Chief Operating Officer and president David McDonald said the portfolio of products and processing strengths Baho Foods has increases OSI Industries capacity to serve its growing European customer base.
OSI Industries also acquired Flagship Europe, a United Kingdom based company that produces pies, sauces, dressings, fillings, dips and condiments. McDonald said the acquisition of Flagship Europe gives OSI Industries a ‘broader presence in Europe’ and its products and brands will enhance the ability of OSI Industries to meet its European customers’ needs. OSI Industries also added a high capacity production line to its chicken, beef and pork production facility in Toledo, Spain. The output capacity of the facility is now over 45,000 pounds.
To increase it’s production capacity in the United States, OSI Industries recently bought a former Tyson Food plant located on Chicago’s South side.
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