Sheldon Lavin: Leading OSI Group to dominate the world food industry

Since Sheldon Lavin joined OSI Group in 1975, he has successfully led the company to become among the top privately owned food processing and distributing companies in the U.S. In 2011, OSI Group was ranked at number 136 among the largest privately owned companies in the U.S with an annual turnover of more than $3 billion. In 2016, OSI Group flexed its muscles and came down to position 58 of the largest privately owned companies in the U.S with a double annual turnover than that reported in 2011.

These figures indicate that OSI Group still stands tall among the popular food companies in the U.S. The food processor traces its roots back in Chicago where a German immigrant known as Otto Kolschoswky established a small butcher shop. The company, initially known as Otto & Sons focused on supplying fresh meat cuts to the local population. However, the company has now diversified product line to include other products such as sausage links, beef patties, poultry products, pork, fish and even organic vegetables.

The secret of remaining relevant for over a century

It still fascinates a lot of people how a company can remain at the top of the game for close to hundred years. Firstly, OSI industries were founded by revered businessman and a visionary leader. Mr. Kolschowsky was determined to ensure that his startup would live to see another century. He laid a solid business culture by providing quality products. As a result, he attracted more customers and grew his revenues. Even international brands such as the McDonalds noticed the role that OSI industries were playing in the food industry. These big brands were even ready to work with the OSI Industries.

OSI Group’s Leadership

Mr. Otto Kolschowsky is not the only great leader to serve in the company. In 1975, Sheldon Lavin began working with the OSI industries after he successfully helped the company to obtain financing for their expansion program. Sheldon Lavin proved to be a worthy asset for the company not only by helping them access finances but also penetrates foreign markets.

Sheldon Lavin’s undertakings at OSI Group

Sheldon Lavin acquired a 50 percent stake in the company in the 1980s. He immediately embarked on a journey to help OSI group expand to new markets. Under his watch, OSI Group has acquired numerous companies that include Flagship Europe, Tyson Foods, and Baho Food. The company also managed to open new processing facilities in China and other parts of the globe.

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Sheldon Lavin, Aiding The Expansion Of OSI Industries

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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Sheldon Lavin, Aiding The Expansion Of OSI Industries

OSI Group: Leading, Changing and Helping the World

In the early 1900’s America was a land of opportunities and one German immigrant took advantage. Otto Kolshowsky opened his family meat market in Illinois. In 1928, Otto changed the business name to Otto and Sons and less than two decades later McDonald’s began opening its outlets across America. In 1955, McDonald’s arrived in Illinois and was in need of a local meat supplier. Otto and Sons became one of McDonald’s only meat suppliers and as a result is currently one of the largest privately owned businesses in the entire world. It is currently number 5

In order to grow exponentially and keep up with McDonald’s demand on a global scale, OSI Group began acquiring and expanding operations everywhere. In 2016, OSI Group acquired Flagship Europe a supplier of frozen poultry and other products, Baho Food in Holland another manufacturer of convenience foods and the Tyson Foods plant in Chicago. These expansions increased OSI Groups range of products and their international presence. OSI Group currently has over 60 manufacturing and production facilities in 16 nations around the world. In just five years OSI Group managed to more than double its revenues from $3 billion to $6.1 billion in 2016.

OSI has been operating in China for almost 20 years and as a result is the main supplier to MCDonald’s and other large fast food chains including, Pizza Hut, Subway and Starbucks. Its expanded range of foods from its acquisitions has positioned OSI Group as the leading supplier of almost every kind of convenience food, meat product and frozen foods available.

In 2013, 2015 and 2016 OSI Groups U.K. division has won the Globe of Honour for outstanding environmental practices and management. The ever-increasing need to reduce CO2 emissions and protect the environment has led many large corporations to cut costs and reduce production, but OSI Group has managed to increase production while decreasing its environmental impact through increased efficiency and modern production techniques.

Sheldon Lavin is currently the Chairman and CEO of OSI Group LLC. He has been involved with the company for over 40 years and helped it grow from a small meat stall into a global empire. OSI Group now employs more than 200,000 individuals in 16 nations and has a culture than is similar to McDonald’s in the sense it thinks globally but acts locally. Its product range changes and adapts to the taste and preferences of local consumers. OSI Group will continue to grow into the future and continue its environmental, philanthropic and social development initiatives wherever it goes.

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