OSI Group’s Food Sustainability Vision

Founded in 1909, OSI Group boasts of a strong heritage of service and quality. The company’s base is in Aurora, Illinois, United States. Recently, OSI committed to sustainable operations. CEO Sheldon Lavin oversaw this push. Sheldon believes wholesome sustainability is possible because of rewards of cutting-edge technology. He is also banking on the company’s extensive experience in embracing challenges.

OSI Group’s Experience

The group is not new to food sector innovation. Its history is quite an impressive business story. The company started as a butcher shop. It then grew to become McDonald’s network primary supplier. The company that was originally a butcher shop is now a global food conglomerate. Sheldon Lavin joined OSI in the mid-1970s. He is the face behind OSI Group’s spectacular growth.

In the twilight of Lavin’s career, he led OSI to embrace new technologies and schemes. This move brought about a decrease in the company’s environmental footprints and an increase in efficiency. OSI management now considers sustainability as one core prism in making operational decisions. The company maintains a tradition of developing new strategies/ techniques to bolster operations.

Sustainability efforts

The willingness to risk to have new leading edge in new technology is at the core of the sustainability push by OSI, for operations within and without. Development efforts and robust research bolster OSI Groups sustainability advancement. The company has two Culinary Innovation Centers. One is in China and the other in the US.

These facilities are now core aspects of operations by OSI Group. The Innovation Centers develop strategies to lessen OSI’s far-flung operations environmental impact. They are a significant investment in developing consumer-friendly product lines and efficient supply chains.

OSI is a large firm. The company has over 20,000 employees (worldwide), 65 facilities, and a presence in 17 countries. In 2016, Forbes ranked OSI Group #58 in the large private company category. That same year, OSI acquired Baho Foods. The deal involved taking over a controlling stake of the private Dutch company. Baho processes food items, mainly meat products, for the retail and food-service industries. The company has plants in the Netherlands and Germany under five subsidiary companies.