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Sustainability and Innovation-Guiding Principles for OSI Group’s Sheldon Lavin

A new and powerful wind is blowing through Big Food. Now the world’s largest food providers are working hard to implement sustainable practices across their networks. Following the leadership of OSI Group, the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance and others, the goal is to provide affordable, high quality foods produced and handled in a sustainable manner.

 Sustainable Practices

Eco friendly processes and sustainability, now a driving force within the world’s largest food providers, is not news for OSI Group or their senior management. Sheldon Lavin, CEO of OSI Group began promoting innovation, efficiency and sustainable practices from his earliest days at the helm of what is today one of the world’s largest food providers. Efforts for continual improvement center around OSI’s dedication to food quality, environmental impact and social responsibility. Dedicated policies guaranteeing product safety and strict animal welfare standards allow the group’s European facilities to achieve coveted ISO14001 certification.

Social Responsibility

OSI puts actions in place of talk when it comes to sustainability and providing aid to the community. Hungry children find relief with the groups donations of tons of food to food banks here in the United States and overseas. Contributions from OSI include more than 300,000 tons of foodstuffs shared worldwide. Keeping practices sustainable involves treating livestock in a humane manner. The company spearheads animal welfare initiatives round the world seeking to enhance issue awareness with both the business community and public.

 Innovation

Being a dedicated supplier for McDonald’s restaurants made innovation more than a good idea. It soon became a driving need in order to keep up with their rapid growth. New technologies for storage, flash freezing and food transport again led OSI to industry leadership. Growth in the United States and Europe soon led to expansion into South America, the Philippines and Asia. Strong leadership and core values dedicated to sustainability, safety and innovation continue to guide OSI Group to a future where safe, healthy food produced in a sustainable manner is available to everyone.