The OSI Group, an American food processing company supplying value-added proteins is a global company with over 50 facilities in 17 countries. Having been present in China for the past 25 years, the OSI group has had an opportunity to grow with the country’s economy. During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, OSI China supplied over 113 tons of pork, chicken, beef, eggs and dehydrated onions with the company receiving no complaints. Since then, the company has been providing for well-known brands such as Starbucks, Papa John’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, and Yum. In 2012, the OSI group celebrated 20 years of its operations in China.
The growth of the company has been steered by the group’s President and Chief Operating Officer, David McDonald. Growing up on a farm, David developed a passion for agriculture. At Iowa State University, he pursued a bachelor’s degree in animal science. Upon graduating, David began his career in ISO Industries in Chicago.
His educational background coupled with his passion would see him rise to become the President and Chief Operating Officer of the OSI Group. Under his exceptional leadership, the company has had outstanding achievements including receiving the Wallace E. Barron Senior Award.
Securing OSI Group’s Sustainability
To ensure that the OSI group keeps growing and that its sustainability is guaranteed, David plans to make it the largest poultry product producer in China. To achieve this, he ensures that all its outlets have the necessary facilities and that the group’s logistics team is equipped with vital skills required in the global market. He posits that despite being a global company, patience, flexibility and an understanding of local business are the catalysts for a successful business.
David has also forged partnerships with clients in product development which have ensured that necessary services for product development are offered. The company provides that technological mechanisms are used in the enhancement of safety as well as raising the quality standards of their products. The engagement of manufacturers gives them access to equipment high enough to detect foreign items in their products.
In a bid to expand their market, the OSI Group has recently been launching new processing and production plants around the world. In 2016, the OSI Group acquired a controlling stake in Baho Food, a Dutch company dealing with deli meat.
Speaking about the acquisition, David asserted that the company’s portfolio of products and brands complements that of OSI’s current processing strengths and would broaden OSI Group’s capabilities, to best serve their customers’ evolving needs. He also affirmed that adding Baho Food to the OSI Europe business gives OSI a broader presence in Europe.
With these strategies in place, the OSI Group’s sustainability is secure, and the company can only continue growing.