OSI Group is the leading protein supplier to the top food service and retail brands worldwide. Headquartered in Aurora, CO., OSI Group has branches in China, Europe and the United States. They supply beef patties, sausage links, pizza and sandwiches just to name a few. OSI Group operates over 50 facilities in 17 countries to date. It’s goal is to expand its presence in China, where they have done business for over 20 years. There are 8 factories with two additional being built, making OSI the biggest producer of poultry in the world. In China, you can find OSI products at Yum, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Papa John’s, Subway and Burger King. OSI replaced a beef processing facility in Poland that helped boost their staff by 30%. They also opened a plant in Geneva, Ill., that processes private-label frozen foods.
OSI Group collaborates with their clients regarding product development. Both have one goal in mind, to give the public organic, premium and affordable food that tastes good and is healthy for you. OSI Group uses the latest technology and equipment when it comes to processing their food at their plants. They use machines that have built-in X-ray technology that can check for foreign substances. They also understand the importance in communicating with their agriculture suppliers, to monitor how the produce is growing.
OSI purchased poultry giant Tyson Foods for $7.4 million. It is a 200,000 square foot operation facility that will create more jobs and handle the continued growth of the business. Many of the 480 Tyson employees who were laid off, were offered jobs at the new OSI plant. Tyson had previously made omelets, meatballs, chicken, soups and sauces for the hospitality industry.
Sheldon Lavin is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at OSI Group. He is also the president of OSI International Foods Ltd. When he started at OSI, it was a domestic food processing company. During his employment, Sheldon turned the business into an international industry leader. Lavin is heavily involved in all aspects of business at the company. He has been in the food service industry for over 38 years.