Sheldon Lavin, the Chairman and Chief Executive of OSI Group, is committed to taking the firm’s global expansion plans forward with green innovations. He has a strong focus on sustainability, food safety, and green practices and implements these practices in the Group as he thinks it is necessary for a global food processing company. He plans to extend the practices further to ensure growth across all the major markets in the world. It should be noted that these strategic market focused methods have taken the firm’s presence in all the major markets.
The company that has more than a hundred years history has expanded the services and territories post-1970s. The shift in management approach started when Lavin joined the company. Initially, the company was named as Otto & Sons, but in 1975, it got rebranded as OSI Group under leadership of Lavin. In the initial years, the food processing firm was solely working for McDonald’s to supply the meat products. But, Lavin also made a shift to its McDonald’s-centric operations and went for every opportunity given by the market. Post-1980, he made the firm expanding to new territories including Spain, Germany, Austria, Taiwan, and Brazil.
In the 90s, the company expanded to other major markets as well, including China, Poland, Mexico, and the Philippines. Post-2000, Lavin made the OSI Group focusing acquisitions, and it completed many significant acquisitions in the recent years. It made a number of joint ventures with some industry players in Canada, the U.K., and Germany. In 2016, OSI Group acquired Tyson production plant located in Chicago for a whopping $7.4 million. Lavin confirmed that the added production and storage facility in the plant would help the growth plan of the firm in North America. In the same year, it also acquired the Dutch-based firm, Baho Foods that has operations in Germany and Netherlands, in an attempt diversify services.
The contributions of the Lavin to the OSI Group not only helped the firm in particular, but it also advanced the food industry as a whole to focus on quality and innovation. Many industrial bodies recognized his contributions to the industry. In February 2016, Lavin won the Global Visionary Award instituted by the Vision World Academy, India.
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