How Sheldon Lavin Made OSI Group A Major Food Producer

Over the years OSI Group, LLC, has had a few transformative events. It was founded in 1909 by a German immigrant in the outskirts of Chicago, Illinois. It started out as just a local butcher shop but before long became a wholesaling company. In 1955 this company, then known as Otto & Sons, became the first supplier of beef patties for a new at the time franchise business, McDonald’s. As Mcdonald’s grew and expanded so did Otto & Sons.

The next big transformation occurred in 1975. It was rebranded as OSI Group and Sheldon Lavin was brought into the fold. He had been in the financing industry for a long time and was brought on board as one of the owners as well as a partner and the chief executive officer. He believed OSI Group could be a much bigger firm than it was at the time. Under his leadership this company became a multinational firm which now has food plants in 17 countries and multiple facilities in the United States.

When 2000 rolled around Sheldon Lavin decided to expand OSI Group beyond the production of beef. He started aggressively moving into processing poultry and they now sell this all around the world to various restaurant chains as well as to grocery stores. When you buy a store brand product at a grocery store it is often actually made by OSI Group.

Sheldon Lavin has also created a number of strategic joint ventures with other food processing companies over the years. One of these ventures was with Pickstock, a United Kingdom firm. Both companies benefit under this arrangement. OSI Group was able to expand its European beef distribution network while Pickstock was also able to grow as a business. Another company he partnered with was Select Ready Foods of Canada. Through this partnership they both supply food service businesses with processed beef, poultry, and pork products. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin receives Global Visionary Award.

He has also acquired other companies over the years in order to expand OSI Group. In 2016, for instance, he bought three companies. These were Bahoo Foods in the Netherlands, Flagship Europe in the UK, and Hynek Schlachthof GmbH of Germany. A big focus of Sheldon Lavin when growing his company is building sustainable supply chains and focusing on being environmentally responsible. Additionally, he works to make sure the animals they use are treated in a humane way.

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