OSI Group’s Explosive Growth

Under the leadership of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Lavin OSI Group has grown into the 58th largest privately held company in the United States. OSI Group is a worldwide provider of food products with a specialization in processed meat products. Today they have facilities around the US as well as in Europe and operate in 16 countries.

OSI Group started in 1909 as a family meat market. In 1955 they became the supplier of beef to local McDonald’s restaurants. With the invention of cryogenic food processing in the late 60’s, McDonald’s was able to get rid of its network of local beef suppliers and rely on just 4 suppliers, one of which was OSI Group. OSI Group blew up in size and operations from there.

Under Lavin, OSI Group has acquired several companies, with the most recent companies being Flagship Europe and Baho Foods in Europe, greatly expanding their reach. Flagship Europe, based in the UK, was acquired in December 2016. Flagship Europe provides the UK market with poultry and sous vide products, sauces, dressings, mayonnaise, and dips. Baho Foods, based in the Netherlands, was acquired in August 2016. This company sells convenience foods, snacks, and deli meats throughout much of Europe and has processing plants in both Germany and the Netherlands. The company has gone from $3 billion in revenue in 2011 to $6.1 billion today. In recognition of his leadership, Sheldon Lavin was awarded a Global Vision Award by the Vision World Academy.

OSI Group is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. They have production facilities in North American, Europe, and Asia. They employ many people at their headquarters and at their facilities. They provide many jobs in America at their facilities including in Illinois, California, Utah, Iowa, and Wisconsin as well as their European and Asian locations. In all OSI Group employs over 20,000 people.

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