Award-winning company OSI Food Solutions excels in the providing outstanding food to your favorite fast food restaurants, convenience stores and grocery stores. The company prefers to sit back and enjoy the accomplishments of its customers rather than boldly announce its presence. The company began over a century ago, the product of a German immigrant family the Kolschowsky’s. They started a small meat market in Oak Park, Illinois and the business grew over the coming decades to be one of the Midwest U.S.’s biggest meat distributors. The company eventually picked up the contract to supply McDonald’s and to this day, retains that affiliation. Today, OSI Food Solutions is one of the biggest companies of its type in the world and a certified top 100 food company in the United States of America. The company has been expanding at a global level since the 1970s under the leadership of CEO and Chairman Sheldon Lavin who joined the company in 1970 at the behest of the Kolschowsky brothers. When the brothers retired, Sheldon was in sole control of the food giant that they had built together. Add in David McDonald who joined the firm in 1987 and now serves as President and Chief Operating Officer and you have a recipe for continued growth through wise expansion and acquisition.
José María del Río, the manager of OSI Food Solutions operations in Spain recently talked about the huge demand for chicken in Spain and Portugal. These markets have seen a large increase for the demand of this product and OSI has dealt with the situation by investing in a new production line in the Toledo, Spain plant that has doubled chicken production from 12,000 to 24,000 tons every year.
Baho Food and Flagship Europe are new acquisitions to the OSI brand. These two companies have a huge reach across Europe and also have significant product lines that are now added to OSI’s already impressive lineup. The increase these acquisitions have on OSI Food Solutions share of the European market is significant. David McDonald is brimming with pride over these new acquisitions because they strengthen the OSI portfolio in a way that is sure to attract new clients. Flagship is being rebranded Creative Foods Europe.
Award-winning company OSI Food Solutions has added another prestigious award to the trophy case. The Globe of Honour went to OSI in 2016 from the British Safety Council in recognition of OSI’s environmental management commitment.