OSI Group LLC is a food company that was founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 1909. It is now based in Aurora, Illinois and it is one of the top 100 food and beverage companies on the planet. Up through the 1970s it was a domestic food company only. After Sheldon Lavin came on board as an owner as well as chairman and CEO the company took off. It is now a multinational company with offices and facilities located across North America, the Asia-Pacific region, and Europe.
Food Engineering is an organization in the food industry that ranks food processing companies. It was in 2016 that they first placed OSI Group in their top 100 list. They say there are four criteria they rank by. The first is trust, transparency, and putting the consumer first. The other three are health, commodity prices, and meat. Companies like OSI Group need to meet the highest standards of delivering good, safe food in order to make this list.
Food Engineering ranked OSI Group as #66 on their list. They cited Sheldon Lavin as a big reason why they made the list and noted he was given a Global Visionary Award by Vision World Academy, an organization in India. They said that he and his team always put the consumer first and they are always innovating and upgrading their facilities in order to meet the needs of their customers.
OSI Group has food processing plants in a number of American states. This includes Illinois, California, Utah, and Wisconsin. They produce food that is sold to restaurants like Starbucks, McDonald’s, Papa John’s Pizza, and Subway. They also produce private label food brands for grocery stores. Their main products are protein based like meat patties, hot dogs, poultry, and bacon. They also supply vegetable and dough products to their customers.
In the past few years OSI Group has expanded in Europe by acquiring other food processing companies. In 2016, for example, they bought Bahoo Foods and Flagship Europe which included all of these two companies brands and subsidiaries. David McDonald, the president and COO of OSI Group, said that these two companies brands and products meshed very well with what his company already offers. He said these purchases also broadened OSI Group’s ability to meet the needs of it customers as they evolve over time.
About OSI Group: beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/03083661