OSI Industries: From Neighborhood Meat Market to Global Food Producer

OSI Industries is a leader in the global food processing industry. Started as a neighborhood meat market, the company has grown tremendously. It now boasts more than 70 food processing facilities in almost two dozen countries and customers in more than 80 countries around the world. A major step in OSI Industries transition from family-run meat market to internationally known company was when they agreed to provide ground beef patties for Ray Kroc and his newly founded McDonald’s franchise. The company then began selling meat to restaurants and supermarkets throughout Illinois and the Mid-West.

When Sheldon Lavin took over OSI Industries in the 1980s, he devised an effective plan for global expansion. He also created a series of food and worker safety practices and procedures that have resulted the company winning numerous awards. The British Safety Council has awarded OSI Industries the Globe of Honor in 2013, 2015 and 2016 for achieving and maintaining an excellent record for product and worker safety. This has increased customer confidence in the tasty, nutritious products OSI Industries produces. The company’s workers also enjoy a very safe work environment.

OSI Industries has a strong and growing presence in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. To increase their presence and customer base in Europe OSI Industries recently purchased the Dutch food production company Baho Foods as well as the UK based Flagship Europe, a company which supplies frozen poultry, pies, sauces, mayonnaise, dressings and sous vide products. To expand their production and processing capacity in the United States, OSI Industries bought a former Tyson Foods plant in Chicago.

Globally, OSI Industries is known for producing a wide range of nutritious, delicious, products specially designed to suit the unique cultural tastes in countless countries worldwide. The company works closely with government agencies, local producers and management team to ensure they meet and exceed food production and quality standards. At OSI Industries they focus on satisfying the customer by producing the culturally sensitive foods they love and offering it at a price they can easily afford. That approach has resulted in Aurora, Illinois based OSI Industries becoming one of the top 100 companies in the United States.

Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of OSI Industries, was recently given the Global Visionary award for the plan he envisioned, created and implemented that led the company to become a leader in the global food processing industry.