OSI Food Solutions doubles chicken production

OSI Food Solutions has a production plant in Spain. The plant is mainly used for the production of meat products that are primarily supplied to Spain and Portugal. The main products from this plant include beef, pork, and chicken. In recent times, the food company has been taking its expansion operations to another level with a lot of attention going to expanding operations outside the United States. It is in the aim of increasing production activity that this company has come up with a plan that will see the production of chicken products double. The company has added a new production line that has the capacity to produce 24,000 tons of chicken products every year. Before the expansion, it could only produce 12,000 tons of products.

After the expansion, OSI Food Solutions is now in a position to produce over 45,000 tons of meat products from this plant. There is good news to the local community-based in Toledo, Spain as 20 new job opportunities have been created in this company. The new increase has pushed the number of employees in the plant to 160. Among the new positions is that of the product development manager. This position is mandated with the role of improving the products portfolio of the company.

According to the managing director of OSI Food Solutions in this region, the expansion was necessitated by an increase in demand for chicken products. In the past one decade, there has been a consistent increase by six percent every year. In the past three years, there has been a significant shift with demand rising to eight percent. The increase has pushed the company to improve its production capacity to meet the needs of the market. The company expects the trend to maintain in coming years, a factor that will push the company to produce more.

The expansion of the company includes additional 22,600 square feet. The expansion consists of a product development kitchen that will be used to test new products as well as testing the needs of the customers. After the increase, almost every part of the plant has recorded some improvement. OSI Food Solutions is ready to change the food production industry as indicated by its recent moves.

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OSI Group History and New Sustainability Initiatives

The 63rd largest private company on Forbes list of 2018, with just over $6 billion in revenue, is the meat processing holding company OSI Group. The group got its name from “Otto and Sons” originally: a few German immigrants living in Chicago who processed and sold meats. Now located in Aurora, Illinois, the company has gained much of its growth from becoming one of McDonalds’ four main suppliers. Being that McDonald’s’ first store was opened in Des Plaines, Illinois (only 40 minutes away from Chicago), its no wonder that Otto and Sons were chosen as a supplier for the food giant.

As McDonalds grew, so did Otto and Sons. Eventually they outgrew their name and needed something more professional, so they went with OSI which is the shortened version of Otto and Sons, Incorporated. OSI group not only now serves the entirety of America but it also serves the world. With 5,000 locations worldwide, OSI Group now serves Europe and Asia. In Europe, OSI was able to acquire the Baho group out of the Netherlands in addition to the Creative Foods Europe group in order to fulfill McDonalds and other food stores’ needs in the region. And more recently in Asia, CEO Sheldon Lavin has worked with his team to source local Taiwanese partnerships which better serve the needs of the Chinese and greater Asian markets through a new company called OSI Asia.

OSI Group is the largest foods producer in the world, and Mr. Lavin has won numerous awards including the North American Meat Institute’s Environmental Award and the California Green Business Award. With the addition of Nicole Johnson-Hoffman in 2017, the company’s push to more sustainable means of production has helped OSI Group tremendously. Ms. Johnson-Hoffman is already the VP of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

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