OSI Group is one of the oldest and yet the biggest food manufacturer in the world. It has its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. The company has a long history, started in 1910 by a German immigrant, OSI Group grew from a butcher shop in Chicago to a multinational with plants in 17 different countries and their products being sold in numerous countries. The company is led by CEO Sheldon Lavin who is assisted in management by President David McDonald. The company is rapidly expanding its business operations to different regions outside the United States. Most of the growth in the company has been recorded in the last one decade.
OSI Group mostly supplies value-added protein products such as hamburgers, pizza, sausages, among other products. The largest expansion of business currently is happening in China and Europe. The growth rate is impressive and has seen the company supply even non-meat products to the consumers.
In 2016, OSI Group made one of the largest acquisitions Baho Food of this century when it acquired Dutch food company- Baho Food. This company has operations not only in the Netherlands but Germany and about ten other countries. The company also purchased another company known as Flagship Europe which has now been renamed creative Foods Europe. There were also acquisitions of other companies in Europe which included Germany’s food company Hynek Schlachthof GmbH. The company even opened a European headquarters office in Gersthofen.
OSI Group is not only expanding its plants, but it is also expanding its product line. As it ventures in different regions, it is introducing products which are relevant to the people. The company has no aim of interfering with the culture of the people and therefore is not interested in introducing products but providing what is accepted in the area. The company is also leaving the management of its acquisitions mostly to former management of the defunct companies since they are the ones who understand the tastes and preferences of the people. Food is a sensitive issue, and the company would not like to go against the wishes of the people. Meet Sheldon Lavin, the Man Behind the Success of OSI Group.
Sheldon Lavin has been part of the company since 1975 when he joined in a managerial role. He was introduced by sons of the founder (Otto Kolschowsky) to assist them to manage the company as a financial expert. They later retired from the company leaving Sheldon Lavin to run the company alone. Sheldon Lavin has not disappointed. He has pushed the company to a higher level making it one of the greatest in the world.
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