OSI Food Solutions Has Made Some Giant Moves To Improve Its Ability To Serve Its European Customers

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When OSI Food Solutions was originally founded as no more than a small local meat market in 1909, there would have been no one that would have guessed that one day it would be among the world’s largest wholesale food distribution operations. No one would have thought that except maybe OSI’s founder Otto Kolchowsky who was a visionary in his own right and got OSI Food Solutions off to a good start. It is perfectly conceivable that Mr. Kolchowsky, were he alive today, would not be at all that surprised that this little meat market he founded is now a worldwide company operating in seventeen nations across the globe and also operating over sixty-five processing plants that are run to the highest standards of environmental sustainability.

The question, of course, becomes, how did OSI Food become such a successful operation. The fact is that the early expansion of the company was slow but steady and by the 1970s OSI Food Solutions stood poised to make some major expansion moves. It was under CEO Sheldon Lavin that the company started to spread its wings beyond North America and across the rest of the world, leading to the global footprint that the company enjoys today. OSI is also not showing any signs of slowing down as the company’s activity of the last five years demonstrates clearly. OSI has dramatically increased its presence in Europe during the past five years and this includes the acquisition of two major wholesalers.

The first of these companies is the Netherlands based Baho Food. The second company is the British based Flagship Europe, now rebranded as Creative Foods Europe. Another major move in Europe has seen OSI Food Solutions make a giant upgrade to operations in Spain. The company was seeing a large increase in the demand for processed chicken in Portugal and Spain and the solution was a revamp of the production line of the processing plant in Toledo, Spain. This upgrade has allowed OSI Food Solutions to double its production of chicken from previous years. All of these moves have been made by OSI in a giant push to increase the company’s ability to serve its European customers.

The Business Endeavors of OSI Group and its Accomplishments

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The OSI Group is one of the world’s most successful companies in the food and beverage sector. The firm has branches across the globe, but its central unit is based in Aurora, Illinois. When OSI was founded in 1909, it was a small enterprise that only supplied its products in the local community. It has developed over the years to cover several regions of the world, and it has a staff of more than 20,000 professionals who are devoted to producing quality products. The specialization of the food processor is in pizza, chicken, vegetable products, meat patties, bacon, fish and hot dogs.

The company has been praised for having an excellent environmental conservation record. It was recently named as a winner of 2016’s Globe of Honor Award, which is a recognition of the British Safety Council. The reward is devoted to appreciating the efforts of various companies that have been inventing outstanding strategies in tackling environmental pollution. Only 18 business managed to be recognized by the British Safety Council’s awards. Any enterprise that is named as a winner of the Globe of Honor must have attained five stars during an ecological examination that the organization conducted between August 2015 and July 2016.

OSI is a fast rising company and one of the factors that have motivated its growth is excellent management. The firm is headed by Sheldon Lavin, who is its CEO. The administrator has been praised for being competent, and his efforts evolved the company into a multi-billion dollars profit-making multinational corporation. He was honored with the Global Visionary Award. Sheldon has led the firm to set up more than 60 factories in 16 countries.

The company’s other significant accomplishment in 2016 is obtaining the ownership of Baho Food. The company was divested by the Dutch, who had specialized in the manufacture of different portable foods, snacks, and deli meats. The public did not get any information on the cost of the deal since OSI is a private business. Baho Food has been successful in the European Market, and therefore, OSI’s president believes that it will assist his firm in gaining more European clients.,

The business of Baho Food is spread in 18 European countries where it supplies it products. However, its factories are based in Germany and Netherlands, and they are Vital Convenience, Bakx Foods, Henri van de Bilt, Q Smart Life, and , Gelderland Frischwaren. Its MD, John Balvers, will be an executive administrator at OSI Group.

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