Since its founding in 1909, OSI Group has grown into a multinational corporation. It currently occupies the enviable position of industry leader when it comes it comes to distribution and supply of processed foods. OSI Group’s leadership has guided the Otto Kolschowsky-founded company into multi-billion dollar company from its humble beginnings by pushing for organic growth in the global and domestic processed foods markets. Sheldon Lavin’s tenure at as the chief executive officer of OSI Group has been synonymous with global and domestic expansion. Since taking over the reins at the company, the company has established a formidable presence across key markets in Europe and Asia. He has overseen the company’s strategic position in these markets by acquiring companies that are strategically positioned with the view of expanding OSI Group’s product lines and quality service delivery capacity.
Sheldon Lavin is a visionary leader with excellent ability to identify unique opportunities. This has seen him guide the company to domestic dominance by constantly seeking for unique investment opportunities. As soon as he joined the company and was made partner by Otto Kolschowsky’s sons in the 1970s, Sheldon Lavin got down to increasing the company’s domestic operational footprint. It grew from supplying hamburger to McDonald’s to supplying processed foods such as chicken, pork, and beef all across the Americas including Brazil, Canada, and Mexico. The company partnered with Select Ready Foods to break into the Canadian processed foods market in addition to acquisition and opening of new plants in the U.S. In 2016, it acquired Tyson Foods’ plant in Illinois in a deal worth $7.4 million.
Expansion into Europe, Asia and Beyond
Sheldon Lavin is a suave businessman and a master strategist. All his business decisions are strategically made and aimed at achieving a strategic goal. Having gained full control of the company, Lavin has overseen a period of unmatched success throughout the Sheldon Lavin’s history of the company. With an employee base of over 20,000 employees, OSI Group currently boasts of a strong presence in Europe and Asia and a green business model. In 2016, the company acquired UK-based UK Flagship Europe, Germany-based Hynek Schlachthof GmbH, and Netherland-based Baho Food. It also entered into a joint venture with Germany-based EDEKA in 2014. This is an addition to strong presence in China and Japan.
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