The family butcher, Otto and Sons were one of the first suppliers of meat to the burgeoning McDonald’s restaurant chain when it opened its first restaurant in Des Plains, Illinois. The company hung on the coattails of McDonald’s until the 1960s when the first flash freezing processes were developed to allow Otto and Sons to move hamburger meat to be transported across the U.S. from Illinois.
OSI was determined to ensure they remained a part of the McDonald’s story with a period of expansion beginning in the early 1970s under the watchful eye of Sheldon Lavin. Almost 50 years later, Lavin is still the CEO and President of the OSI Group as the company continues to grow on a global scale. Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, OSI has stayed at the forefront of innovation and the development of technology in all areas of the world.
In the 1990s, as the Berlin Wall came crashing down and the Cold War came to an end, OSI was determined to move into new markets in Eastern Europe and across parts of South America. After moving into Hungary and Poland to create more markets for the group alongside the development of McDonald’s, OSI followed a similar path in the early 21st-century with the opening up of the Chinese markets. Sheldon Lavin played a major role in the development of the OSI Group across Europe and the formation of a new OSI Asia company which was dedicated to the Chinese markets.
Despite being a veteran of the consumer food markets, the CEO and President of the brand was one of the first to lessen the environmental impact of the company as the effects on the climate are assessed. To make sure the environmental impact of OSI continues to be reduced in the future, Sheldon Lavin has created new roles within the corporate structure of the company.
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