OSI Food Solutions operation in Toledo, Spain added a production line to double its output of chicken products. The high-capacity improvement was completed in 2017 for $17 million euros. Prior to the new line, the operation was producing 12,000 tons of protein products and is now producing over 24,000 tons. Not only is this great for business, it’s helping to boost the economy by creating new jobs. Trends in Spain have shown an increase in demand for protein products, especially chicken. In the past three years alone, demand has increased by over eight percent. The new Spain plant has over 22,000 square feet of work space, new storage facilities, service areas for water, oil, nitrogen tanks, and hot water.
David McDonald is the chief operating officer for OSI, and is excited about the new expansion. He believes it will give OSI Food Solutions the opportunity to add quality products to their portfolio. They are also committed to doing their part at reducing their carbon footprint. The improvements have enhanced measures that have reduced energy consumption by twenty percent. Two years ago, OSI Group also purchased the former Tyson plant in Chicago. They opened a plant in California that processes tofu, rice and bean products. In 2017, they acquired Flagship Europe the leading food supplier in the United Kingdom.
Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of the OSI Group and has worked for the company since 1970. Sheldon’s strategies throughout the years lead to the global expansion of OSI Food Solutions today. The company now has facilities in over 17 countries. Lavin is a big supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. He was honored with the Global Visionary Award from India’s Vision World Academy. Every year the award is given to an individual who succeeded in accomplishing their goals in business.