David McDonald Expanding Success Of OSI Group Around The World

David McDonald has spent 31 years contributing to the success of OSI Group. He started his journey with the company as a project manager. Today, he is its president and Chief Operating Officer. In 1987, Mr. McDonald earned a bachelors degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University. In the same year he began working for OSI Group. Currently, he serves as chairman of the North American Meat Institute and as director of OSI International Foods(Australia). From 2008 until June 27, 2017, David McDonald served as Independent Director of Marfrig Golbal Foods S.A.

OSI Group provides food products, services, and processing. It provides these services within the United States and internationally. During David McDonald tenure the company’s international success has grown. The choices of partnerships and quality customer service are what Mr. McDonald gives credit for this growth. Its choices in acquisitions has also contributed to that achievement.

In 2016 OSI Group acquisitions were Baho, Flagship Europe and Tyson Foods, in Chicago. Baho Foods, operating in the Netherlands and Germany, specializes in deli meats, snacks, and processing other foods. This acquirement has helped OSI Group build a more noticeable presence in Europe. Mr. David McDonald stated,” Adding Baho Food to our OSI Europe business gives OSI a broader presence in in Europe.” The president of OSI Group also said,”The company’s portfolio of products and brands complements OSI’s current processing strengths while broadening our capabilities to best serve the evolving needs of our customers.”

To meet and satisfy customer needs Mr. Donald feels its important to understand the culture and traditions in the countries they serve and operate in. He ensures this by hiring and forming teams within OSI Group to help ensure satisfactory service. Regional Managers have a vital role in understanding its local customer base in the country it operates in, also.

David McDonald has maintained the growth of OSI Group by continuing to improve its processing and production departments, providing quality customer service, and forming good partnerships.

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The OSI Group is More a Team Than a Group

Bringing taste to the world, the OSI Group is on a mission. This is a world wide company on the cutting board edge (yes, I said “…cutting board edge…”) of food production for the entire planet. With a fine pallet consisting of nearly every food group that humans can enjoy, the OSI professionals have taken it to the next level when it comes to feeding the masses.

Expansion in Europe, for instance, has added spice and flare to the OSI Group menu of meals and magnificent morsels. The great acquisitions and mergers such as Baho Food in the Netherlands and Germany adds the historic tastes of those regions. These are areas where food was invented! Spain has joined the team and has increased poultry production to higher levels, and the wonderful culture of Spain and the unique population is adding to the OSI Group family in delicious ways.

Such a wide scope around Earth requires a wide range of professions and skills. With over 20,000 employees, each one different and dedicated, the OSI team is committed to bringing great food to each and every client and customer. Reaching this level of success does not happen automatically. The leadership of top management and the loyalty of the employees are critical. There is a standard formula for any business to reach success, and it is rooted in very hard work and a rock solid product and/or service. Though the recipe for success is well known, it is not an easy road. The OSI Group has been working very hard for well over a century, and there is no indication of slowing.

The story begins in Chicago in the early 1900’s with an immigrant from Germany named Otto Kolschowsky. He started his own small meat market and never stopped. Today, Otto’s efforts are feeding the world. Otto has indeed made his mark in history. In fact, the “O” in OSI Group is for Otto. It may not be provable, but good ol’ Otto & Sons quite possibly provided ever McDonald’s hamburger patty since the beginning! The famous Big Mac and Quarter Pounder are indeed Otto’s legacy.

The golden arches of McDonald’s are still as popular as ever, however, the people of Earth are evolving and the individual tastes around the world are becoming more and more discerning. OSI is making a concerted effort to meet the demands of the diverse tastes of every continent. Bon appetite’!

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OSI Group: A Heritage of Innovative Global Organic Growth

For over one century, OSI Group has been synonymous with innovation. Technological advancements such as cryogenic food processing have played a vital role in the ability of the company to develop and propagate a customer-centric business model effectively. Founded in 1909 as corner butcher shop by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant, OSI Group grew organically from its deal with McDonald’s restaurant during its nascent years in the early 20th century to a global entity with operations across various continents including Australia, Europe, and the Americas. Using cutting-edge technology, the company ramped up its production to become a market leader in the production and sale of processed foods. The company currently boasts of over $6 billion sales and several facilities and subsidiaries.

The symbiotic relationship between McDonald’s and OSI Group played a significant part in OSI’s group. With the restaurant expansion in the domestic market, OSI also scaled its capacity by opening new facilities across the country to meet the demand from McDonald’s. The group began new facilities in various states and locations including Chicago, Oakland, Iowa and West Jordan, Utah. This strategy was also replicated when the restaurant chain went global. Buoyed but its successful partnership with McDonald’s, OSI Group continued its organic growth by venturing into new markets beyond what McDonald’s offered. The group transformed into a global brand with operations in new and emerging markets such as Taiwan when it partnered with K&K Foods to form a joint venture. Joint ventures were also formed to tap into the processed foods markets in Spain and Germany.

Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, the group’s chief executive and chairman who joined the multinational corporation in 1975, the group has continued with its expansion into the global market through acquisitions of strategically placed companies. In 1996, OSI acquired Moy Park which was followed by the 2006 purchase of U.S.-based Amick Farms. The company expanded into Japan, Poland, Brazil, and India and further cemented its market dominance in the UK through the acquisition of Flagship Europe. Netherlands-based Baho Foods and Germany-based Hynek Schlachthof GmbH were furthered added to OSI’s banner. The company also boasts of operations in Canada through Select Ready Foods while it also acquired Tyson Foods-owned facilities in Chicago. This is in addition to the 2018 merger with Australia-based Turi Foods.