OSI Food Solutions Dramatically Expands Production Capacity

With major offices in the United States and the United Kingdom, OSI Food Solutions sits with the giants of the meat and poultry manufacturing industry. On a global scale, the company offers all manner of different chicken, beef, and pork food products to the market. The company certainly isn’t one to rest on any previously achieved accomplishments. OSI Food Solutions continually strives to further explore its potential in a critically important industry.

In Spain, OSI’s local processing facility achieved a tremendous milestone. The company actually doubled chicken capacity. Even more impressive, the company’s full production capacity exceeded 45,000 tons. The total amount of production capacity includes chicken, beef, and pork. Huge demand exists across the globe for the facility’s output. OSI Food Solutions is doing its best to make sure demands are met.

The increase in output results from the installation of a new high-capacity production line. Doing so required a significant investment. Putting €17 million into the production line seemed like a risky investment. After seeing how the production figures of the chicken — 24,000 tons — the investment has paid off. The added production primes the company for growth. Once available product levels hit zero, supplies to distributors can’t occur. Previously, only 12,000 tons of chicken food product could be moved by the Spanish facility.

The growth of OSI isn’t limited to its project in Spain. In fact, OSI Food Solutions ventured into even more ambitious territory. Not too long ago, the company opted to buy out a major competitor’s old processing plant in the United States.

Tyson Foods once ran a processing plant on the south side of Chicago. The plant once provided 480 jobs to people living in the vicinity. Unfortunately, Tyson Foods Plant was not able to keep the plant in operation. The employees were told the plant would be permanently shut down by October 2016. In June 2016, OSI made a deal with Tyson Foods and purchased the plant for the sum of $7.4 million. With the new plant, OSI can further expand its product volume.

In late 2016, OSI garnered news from another high-profile acquisition. The company purchased the food supplier Flagship Europe. The UK-based Flagship Europe is most associated with frozen poultry and pies, but does produce other products. The purchase of Flagship Europe allows the OSI Group to distribute even more product to the market. Influence in the industry grows as a result.

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Flagship Europe Changes Its Name To Creative Foods Europe

OSI Industries acquired Flagship Europe in 2016. Recently, Flagship Europe announced that they have changed their name to Creative Foods Europe. Richard Maddock, the Chief Executive Officer, says the group of companies has grown over the last several years.

The new name Creative Foods Europe reflects the need to identify the company changes and growth. Creative Foods Europe has expanded their service to include: a product development team,, development chefs, a large product portfolio. Their company created new products for many clients.

Creative Foods Europe plans to reorganize the sales team to better serve their clients. They plan to have three sales departments: Traditional Food Service, Food to Go, and B2B. The acquisition in 2016 expanded OSI’s operation in Europe. Creative Food Europe sells sauces, dressings, and pies to the UK market.

Russell Maddock says joining OSI gave their company access to more clients and the global market. He saw the opportunity, as a way to better serve their customers, and grow the brand in the global market. In 2015, Oliver James Foods and Proper Pies joined the group. In 2016, they acquired Calder Foods.

Russell Maddock, chief executive, has worked for commercial food service companies like Haagen-Dazs, Ginsters, and Grand Met Foods. He is skilled with brand and business development.

Their food development department at Creative Foods Europe has experienced chefs and food development managers that work on developing new commercial food products. The team works on salad dressings, commercial sauces, desserts, and meat pie products.

Neil Helyar, senior development manager in food development department worked for the Rank Group in kitchen and resort management and for Bourne Leisure. He developed food plans for the Butlins brand.

Nick Harris, senior development manager in food development worked for Unilever Foods Solutions in soups, sauces, and bouillon products. After five years, he joined their Sous Vide division. He created meal solutions for restaurants and pubs. Nick worked as a food development consultant for many companies and culinary director at Lyons Seafood.

Creative Foods Europe continues to expand and grow seeking new food service markets to service.

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David McDonald Believes That OSI Group Will Continue To Thrive By Staying True To Its Core Values:

David G. McDonald is the President, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board at OSI Group, LLC. The company is one of the world’s largest food service and retail industry suppliers with high profile clients such as KFC and McDonald’s. David hails originally from the state of Iowa where he had a rural upbringing on his families farm. David attended college studies at Iowa State in Ames Iowa and earned a degree in animal science. David has been employed at OSI Group for over 30 years, starting immediately upon his Iowa State graduation in 1987. He was originally hired as a project manager with instructions to facilitate OSI’s Asian expansion. During his 30 plus year tenure at OSI, David has stuck close to those roots of helping the company expand. OSI Group has experienced massive growth since 1987 and now operates in excess of 80 facilities worldwide in 17 different countries. David has also been key in helping to maintain OSI Group’s traditional culture that has helped the company attain so much success. OSI operates in a much more family-oriented manner than most large companies of its size. This is a philosophy that David McDonald has wholeheartedly bought into since he joined the OSI Group team in 1987. This culture helps to ensure OSI’s future sustainability because the company has a very low employee turnover rate and a history of maintaining its customers over the long term.

Speaking recently with CEOCFO Magazine, David McDonald discussed his career with the global food leader OSI Group. Asked about the company’s can-do attitude and how that plays out on a day to day basis, David asserts that at OSI, there is an expectation throughout the organization that the company will go to whatever means necessary to provide the best customer service. OSI strives with every transaction to exceed customer expectations. When asked about how OSI maintains such high standards in providing food, David is emphatic that family is number one at OSI. The company’s people and customers are family members and the products produced carry the expectation of being something that we would be proud to serve to our families at home. When asked about how one adapts to change, David gives the opinion that it is futile to deny change. He asserts that a company’s ability to adapt to change is what ensures the future of the company. Being able to quickly adapt to change gives a competitive advantage to business. At the same time, David asserts that OSI Group will always adapt to a changing market, but will also always continue to stay true to its core values of customer service and family.

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As Reltable As OSI

Undoubtedly, for the food lovers, OSI has in one way or another ensured that they put the best food on the table. OSI is no ordinary organization; it is a Group that is all about the meat. This means that the various players in food industry would do well to partner with OSI to ensure that they can meet the consumer’s needs.

Having its capital at Aurora, Illinois, OSI Industries has grown to spread its coverage far and wide the globe traversing and reaching other continents such as Europe and Asia. OSI Industries is then a global deal!

OSI believes that since people are what they eat, they should have the best. Hence, the group ensures that all necessary checks and inspections are done to maintain the quality. More than that, since OSI is in the processing industry of meat, the group looks to ensure that no hazards are released into the environment.

Due to this, the group has attained special recognition. Recently, it was given the Globe of Honour Award for always ensuring that they mitigate the risks involved in the kind of work they do. This is no way is low attainment seeing as before such an honor is awarded there are very many factors that are taken into consideration.

While undertaking its operations, OSI is guided by certain values. OSI believes that there is always room to do better. In addition to that, the group works with a utilitarian mildest which advocates for doing greater good for the many people. This, in turn, makes the group come up with tailor made services and products per the customers’ needs.

Furthermore, OSI believes that there is strength in teamwork, integrity is vital and innovation is what sustains any organization even with the passage of time.

Indeed OSI Industries is the number one answer to all who are in the food industry. It provides a haven of safety for those who provide food consumers in turn. Those who sell do not have to worry about lacking a market to reach to as OSI takes care of that.

The ever so reliable OSI is indeed saving lives through food.

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