Business Leader / Health

How Sheldon Lavin has raised the OSI Group.

OSI Group is a food company that has shown commitment to sustainable methods of food production. The company is interested in building on its excellent reputation as a company that leads in applying technological innovations to set the trend for future food production. OSI Group is one of the largest food producers globally and is led by CEO Sheldon Lavin. Every decision the company has made in the past four decades has the blessings of Mr. Lavin. OSI Group has risen from a small butcher shop in Chicago started by a German immigrant to become the global giant it is today. The leadership of the company takes the credit for the growth.

Sheldon Lavin started working for OSI Group in 1975. He was hired to lead the capitalization of the company as it looked to expand its business operations. In the 1950s, the company then known as Otto & Sons had been contracted by the newly established McDonald’s at the time. Otto &Sons was supplying hamburgers. At the time, it was led by the two sons of the founder- Arthur and Harry. Business with the McDonald’s did too well, and OSI group was forced to devise ways of meeting the demand that was coming from the McDonalds.

Sheldon Lavin found the company with only one food production plant that was dedicated to food supplies to the McDonalds. There was also pressure since McDonald’s had listed OSI group as one of the companies that would supply them as they expanded business outside the United States. OSI needed a leader who understood the management of a multinational and who would be better than Sheldon Lavin who had assisted the company with capitalization. He took up a role as an equal partner alongside the other two. Since then, he has brought significant changes in the company. Currently, it is operating in 17 countries, and it no longer depends on the McDonald’s for business.

Sheldon Lavin and OSI Group have won various awards for the significant role they have played in revolutionizing the food industry. Some of the prestigious awards they have won include Global Visionary Award, the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour, the North American Meat Institute’s Environmental Award and California Green Business Award.