The quick production and distribution of food is serious business. And one of the biggest food producers and distributors in the world is leading the market when its comes to meat processing. That company, OSI Group, is making big strides when it comes to bringing the world the beef, poultry and pork that they want.
So who is OSI Group? The company is one of the leading food distributors in the world. Starting over 100 years ago as a local butcher operation in Oak Park, Illinois, the food distributor rose to prominence in the middle of the century as the leading ground beef distributor for McDonalds. Today, the company distributes just about every type of food product to thousands of supermarkets, restaurants and convenience stores around the world.
Recently, the company was named one of the top players in the future of meat and poultry processing in the recently published, “Global Poultry Meat Processing Market Research Report 2018.” This outlook is based on several acquisitions made by the company in the last couple of years. One of the acquisitions includes the purchase of the former Tyson Food Plant for $7.4 million dollars in 2016.
In addition to the stateside acquisition of the former Tyson Food Plant, OSI Group also acquired Flagship Europe in early 2018. This European expansion allowed the company to cement its foothold on the global food distribution market. The Flagship Europe acquisition will help the company expand into the Dutch market and consolidate operations overseas.
Today, OSI Group operates 65 facilities in 17 countries. Current CEO Sheldon Levin has been instrumental in the expansion of the company and seeks to further expand the 20,000 strong employee base. The company’s overseas expansion began in 1990 with the establishment of GenOSI, a food processing company based in the Philippines.
While OSI Group is one of the largest food processing and distribution operations in the world, it is also one of the safest. The company has been recognized on multiple occasions for their superior safety record. As recently as 2018, the company was recognized at the International Safety Awards with a merit award.