In 1909, Otto and Sons started out as a small meat market in Illinois, today it is one of the largest meat and frozen food distributors in the world and one of the largest private companies as well. The success of OSI Group can be credited to David G. McDonald and Sheldon Lavin. David is the President and COO of OSI Group. David believes that in order to satisfy clients and the end users of OSI products the company must think global, but act local much like its major partner, McDonalds operates.
David McDonald has been a part of OSI Group for more than 30 years. He and Sheldon Lavin the present chairman and CEO of OSI Group LLC have been with the company almost as long as the founder, Otto Kolshowsky’s sons have. With Sheldon at the helm and David by his side the pair have managed to establish OSI’s global empire. With over 60 operational facilities, 200,000 employees in 17 nations OSI Group is quickly climbing the ranks as one of the largest privately owned companies on earth with it achieving the number 58 spot in 2016. OSI Group increased its revenue to $6.1 billion in 2016 and expanded its global operations extensively by merging and acquiring Baho Foods in the Netherlands, Flagship Europe and Tyson Foods Chicago plant. How We’re Looking After the World.
David McDonald earned his bachelors degree in animal science from Iowa State University in 1987. He joined OSI Group and quickly climbed the ranks to President and COO. He believes that a global company cannot operate on a one-size-fits-all strategy that is why OSI has continuously adapted to its environment. In 2016, OSI Group LLC acquired several large meat and convenience food suppliers in Europe for example, it acquired Baho foods, which is a Dutch convenience food manufacturer that has five subsidiaries and operates in 18 European countries. With this acquisition David Mcdonald’s philosophy has remained intact to keep things local. He said the acquisition of Baho Foods with its 60 years of industry experience expands OSI’s presence in Europe and greatly improves its range of product offerings. Q&A with Dave McDonald, President & COO, OSI Group
By Growing with its partners such as, McDonalds, Pizza Hut and all of its clients it has managed to continuously exceed expectations and provide the very best products and services around the world. This growth also includes improving its productive efficiency and manufacturing capabilities to not only increase production, but also decrease its environmental impact. In 2016, OSI Group U.K. won the Globe of Honour for a third time. The Globe of Honour is prominent U.K. award for companies who have outstanding environmental practices and initiatives. OSI Group Acquires Dutch Company Baho Foods