OSI Group Looks to Europe for More Growth Opportunities

If you’ve ever eaten at a popular franchise restaurant, you’ve probably eaten something delicious that OSI made and you didn’t even know it. That’s because OSI is one of the biggest producers and distributors of food products in the world. They provide innovative solutions to restaurants all over, and they’re looking to expand again.

This time, the company has its eyes on Europe. OSI acquire Baho Foods last year which has operations in the Netherlands and Germany. It also provides services to 18 countries in Europe. This should help them grow their sales and continue their mission of growth.

But OSI didn’t stop there. OSI also acquired Flagship Europe, a company that produces various food solutions like condiments and pies. OSI hopes to expand into Germany and Spain as well in the future.

But it isn’t just foreign investment expansion that interests the company. In fact, back in Illinois, the home state of the brand, they saved a production facility from shutting down. It was formerly owned by Tyson. If it went out of operation, 500 local jobs would be lost. Thankfully, OSI bought the location for $7.4 million and the plant is up and running smoothly.

When asked contributed the company’s growth, executives said that their unique production and powerful marketing helped them around the world. They focus on things like sourcing the product and pricing, as well as engaging local consumers. By finding out what the consumers want, they can tailor their offerings in different markets across the world. For example, some communities might prefer natural options whereas others care more about affordability.

OSI sets itself apart from other meat processors because it holds itself to a high standard of food safety and high quality. They often use the most modern technologies in plants such as xray machines or metal detectors to make sure unsavory objects don’t go through the production process.

Founded in 1909, OSI Group is a private company that began in Aurora, Illinois. The current CEO, Sheldon Lavin, has led the company to strong growth. A number of major companies trust OSI to make their pizza, meat, veggie, and dough products. These include Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Subway, and McDonald’s.

At OSI, it isn’t just about the bottom line. The company infuses passion and creativity to come up with food solutions and services that meet the needs of their partners and consumers. They have won a number of health and safety awards. They also care about giving back to the community, such as teaming up with charities like the Ronald McDonald House and Feed America.