Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of OSI Group, a food processing company specializing in protein. Lavin started out his career as a business executive in the finance industry. In 1970, he was the financial consultant for Otto & Sons Company which subjected him to the meat industry. Otto & Sons tried to become the leading supplier of processed meat to the McDonald’s Corporation, but couldn’t secure financing in time. With the help of Lavin, Otto & Sons searched for investments overseas in 1975. Shortly thereafter, Otto & Sons became the OSI Group and grew throughout Australia, South Africa, the Philippines, Europe, India, North American and Japan.
Sheldon has received numerous awards for his philanthropic efforts through non-profit organizations. He is active in several charities including Evans Scholarship Fund, the Jewish United Fund, Inner City Foundation, United Negro College Fund and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. At 81 years old, Sheldon Lavin continues to aid in the expansion of OSI Industries and the OSI Group.
The OSI Group has become the biggest protein supplier around the globe. They operate over 55 plants and facilities in 17 different countries. They make a wide variety of meat products that include bacon, breakfast sausage and beef patties. They bought the former Tyson’s Food plant in Chicago for $7.4 million. Tyson Foods had made prepared meals for clients in the hospitality industry.
They were also able to acquire a Dutch manufacturer of convenience foods Baho Food. The acquisition has made the OSI Group a major player in Europe. Sheldon Lavin and his team believe that Baho’s products compliment that of OSI’s. Baho currently, has processing facilities in the Netherlands and Germany, and serves clients in over 17 European countries. The OSI Group services some of the biggest clients in the food industry including: Starbucks, Subway, McDonald’s, Papa John’s Pizza and Pizza Hut. Their facilities process hot dogs, bacon, beef patties, fish, poultry, pork and dough products. They are currently working with their high-profile clients to create healthier options to suit their customers needs. In the near future you can expect organic, all-natural menu items that include fresh vegetables.
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