David McDonald and OSI International Expansion

There was an addition of a high-capacity production line to the OSI Food Solutions, an OSI Group branch in Spain. The production line is meant to boost the branch’s output regarding chicken production. OSI Food Solutions which is located in Toledo, Spain just completed the improvements in 2017. These improvements cost the organizations about 17 million euros. Previously, the plant had a capacity of producing about 12,000 tons of chicken products annually. But with these improvements in place, the plant will now be able to deliver double the amount every year. Another advantage that comes with the addition of this production line is the fact that there will be an increase in overall output which is of much benefit to the plant.

According to one of the executives from OSI Foods Solution, the plant will now be able to produce about 45,000 tons of both beef, chicken and pork products every year. Moreover, the new addition will increase the local economy by adding 20 more jobs. Lately, food consumption and economic trends indicated an increase in demand for chicken products within Spain and Portugal. According to the managing director of OSI Foods Solutions, the demand within these countries increased by 8% in the last three years, and because this demand will always grow, OSI want to be ready in advance to cater for the market. David McDonald, the chief operating officer of OSI, said that the expansion would provide a chance for the company to increase its innovative products to its portfolio. The new facility will also help the company to gain new accounts as well as expand in the foodservice sector.

David McDonald is OSI Group chief operating officer as well as the president. David has been working with OSI Group right from its inception. David Macdonald has over three decades of experience in the food production field. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Animals Science from Iowa State University. David McDonald has played a significant role to see OSI Group on the international map. Before being promoted to the executive position, David McDonald was a noticeable project manager for the company.

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After More Than A Century The OSI Group is Still Going Strong

There are very few companies that are able to lay claim to the achievement of surviving for more than a century, and when they can also claim the accolade of being the leader in their industry and the foremost innovator in their field that is definitely something special. The OSI Group is able to not only claim those high marks of praise but many more. It’s not bad for a company that started out as a small meat market on Chicago’s west side.

The son of German immigrants Otto Kolschowsky was a man who had learned the butcher’s trade from his father, just as he had learned it from his father before him, and his father before him. At the turn of the century in Chicago, Illinois, the meat industry was king, and being a butcher, especially a good one, meant you were at in high demand. As Otto decided to strike out on his own and start Ott’s Meats in the Oak Park neighborhood, he knew that he would have a lot of competition, but he also knew that there was no one in the greater Chicagoland area that could provide a high-quality cut of meat at a better price. Soon, word of his great business practices and even better butchering spread far and wide, and he had to expand into the wholesale business. He started out by providing great meat to restaurants and hotels in the area, even garnering such success that he had to add his sons to the business to keep up the operation’s demands. It wasn’t long before he was the number one provider of high-quality meats to the top establishments in the state. This got the attention of one particular future customer, one who would change everything.

McDonald’s was a brand that was growing faster than a weed in summer, and they needed to expand their supply chain network. This meant finding top quality suppliers in most of their local regional markets. In the upper Midwest they heard that Otto was the man that they wanted, and soon a partnership was formed that would the food service industry. Within a few years, Otto & Sons had grown to be the sole provider of proteins for the entire McDonalds system in North America. McDonald’s also grew, expanding to many other countries and once again they turned to Otto & Sons, now the OSI group, to help them keep up with the demand that their expanded system had. This led to further innovation and even more global market share for OSI.

Eventually, other food distribution networks wanted to take advantage of the modern techniques, rapid service, quality customer care, great pricing, and exceptional products that the OSI Group had been providing to McDonald’s for years. OSI rapidly expanded their production system to keep up with the new demands and soon found themselves in a formidable position, being the number one provider of proteins to the best food service distributors in the world.

Today the OSI Group employs more than 20,000 people around the world. Their network of production facilities includes 65 properties in 17 countries with more facilities being adds every year and a plan to expand into even more countries in the next few years. The OSI Group has become the number one provider of beef alternative proteins for the Indian market and the number one provider of Kosher & Halal Pork Alternative proteins in the middle east.

One thing is for sure, when Otto Kolschowsky started Otto’s meats more than a century ago, he probably didn’t foresee the path that the business would take, but he would certainly be proud of the legacy that has come from what he started, and would no doubt be looking forward to what the future holds.