The Expansion Journey of OSI Group

OSI Group is a food processing company based in Aurora, Illinois. It was founded in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky as a single butcher joint in Chicago. By then, it was known as Otto & Sons, and it has grown into multinational company with over 65 subsidiaries and several partners across the globe. It produces and sells food items including value-added protein products to retailers and foodservice industries. Its products range from snacks, desserts, lunches, and breakfasts to side dishes and entrees. Some of OSI’s products include hot dogs, pork products, sandwich assemblies, chicken products, patties, breakfast sausages, specialty sausages, and pizza. OSI has a ceaseless dedication to serving its customers with quality products. This commitment has made the company branded as a premier global food provider.

Formerly, the meat provider was known as OSI industries until 2004 when it changed its name. It has about 100,000 employees. The Group is led by Sheldon Lavin who serves both as the Chairman and CEO. He pays keen attention to green practices, sustainability, and food safety. David G. McDonald is the COO and President of the corporation. The managing director role is conferred on Uwe Robler as Bill Weimer serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive VP of the company. Brent Afman is the Group’s Senior Vice President and general manager of further processing, APMEA. The company has established other branches in America and ventured into the Asia Pacific and Europe markets. Today, it has over 50 facilities in 17 countries.

The expansion plan of OSI Group has involved several acquisitions in the past years. In 2014, the company entered into a joint venture with the UK based Pickstock company. The move allowed the company to grow its beef distribution in Europe. In 2016, the company acquired Flagship Europe expanding its global market. Currently, the company is applying its local-solution strategy and global efficiency to solidify its presence in the China market. It has been operational in China for over 20 years and has eight factories. OSI Industries hopes to be China’s leading poultry producer after the completion of its two new poultry facilities.

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