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.
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The OSI Group is a recognized global leader in the retail and foodservice industry. Their fulfillment process includes multi-layered supply and delivery choices. The food choices are based on innovation that goes beyond regular menu and food products. This is due to the fact that OSI has continually exceeded the industry standards for manufacturing, processing and delivery of food products. The OSI group is what’s known as an, “end to end solution.” This means that there aren’t any food products introduced to the market without undergoing extensive research, development and isolated targeted fields in the test kitchen. Each menu item begins as a concept, then it’s developed into an innovative idea and finally the unique formulation is introduced to the market. The result of all phases can be summed up as, “food product development capabilities.” That is customized food products that are processed to correspond with eleven categories. Categories which include development of new products, sensory evaluation, and shelf life storage limits; to name a few.
The main operational capabilities of the OSI Group are in meeting the unique demands for customized food menu items for the hospitality industry. The items are processed to match the needs of customers, while exceeding the industry standards for “precise specifications.” Precise specifications just refers to the individual needs of an organization. For example, an organization can choose from among different meats such as pork, poultry and seafood, fruits and vegetables and alternative proteins. In addition to allowing customers to pick the ingredients, they may also select the type of meal supplied, this includes breakfasts, side dishes, a la carte entrees, and desserts. The main aim of customized food product items are to provide convenient, cost-effective solutions for fast delivery food service.
In June 2016, it was announced that the OSI Group acquired the one-time Tyson Foods manufacturing plant location in Chicago for $7.4 million. The acquisition wasn’t the first of its kind for the privately held food processing powerhouse. It was one among many, signaling the rapid growth of OSI. Meat is one of the areas of food production that has been paramount to the growth of OSI as a manufacturing supplier. With the purchase of the Chicago plant, the OSI Group now has 65 facilities worldwide. International locations include the Philippines, Europe, Taiwan, India and China. Following the Tyson Food plant deal, in August 2016, the OSI Group also acquired the former European food manufacturing plant, Baho Food.
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