OSI Group Codifies Its Sustainability Mission

Sheldon Lavin, the owner, CEO, and chairman of OSI Group, has committed his company to be a sustainable food producer. Throughout the 40 years, he has operated this company he has introduced cutting edge technologies. These technologies reduce the amount of power and water consumed at the 65 facilities they have around the world. They also increase efficiencies. His company is one of the most innovative in the food industry.

In 1909, this company was a greater Chicago area neighborhood butcher shop. In 1955, it became the main supplier of beef to McDonald’s across the American Midwest. It’s now a global food conglomerate with many subsidiaries and joint ventures. The growth of OSI Group has been truly an impressive feat.

While Sheldon Lavin is getting close to the end of his long career, he still embraces new technologies and ways of doing things. Operational decisions are made to make this company more sustainable on both the business and environmental sides. The focus on sustainability has resulted in multiple awards such as the North American Meat Institute’s Environmental Award and the California Green Business Award.

In 1955, entrepreneur Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s in Des Plaines, Illinois. OSI Group was his supplier of beef. As more McDonald’s franchise opened across the midwest they continued to supply each new location. Things really took off in the late 1960s when liquid nitrogen freezing was invented. This allowed food producers a way to ship food long distances.

Due to the invention of liquid nitrogen freezing, McDonald’s was able to cut their huge network of beef suppliers in the United States down to just four companies, one of which was OSI Group. When McDonald’s started opening restaurants around the world, OSI Group built facilities to process food for them.

While this company has focused on sustainability for many years, it was in 2017 that they put this commitment into its corporate governance structure. This included creating the position of chief sustainability officer with Nicole Johnson-Hoffman filling this role. She crafts the sustainability strategies that are used across the entire company. Expansion for OSI Group Continues Internationally