Chicken products in Spain and Portugal have been experiencing increased demand. The growth has been consistent over the past ten years, but recently it has shifted from 6% to 8%. Jose Maria del Rio, the Managing director of OSI Food Solutions, is optimistic that the trend is expected to be persistent in future. Following the positive results, OSI Food Solutions Spain increased their chicken processing capacity. Initially, the OSI Group would produce 12,000 tons per year, but it can now deliver twice the number. Cumulatively, the company can now manufacture 45,000 tons of beef, chicken, and pork products.
Increasing the production quantity required the OSI Food Solutions to restructure their building so that they can have adequate kitchen space to meet all the needs of their consumers. Besides, the move has led to the hiring of twenty additional staff to serve in the production line unit and other areas within the firm. The management focused on obtaining personnel that is committed and with leadership skills to oversee the new product development.
David McDonald, the President and COO of OSI Group who is highly experienced in global business was pleased with the expansion plans made in the Toledo, Spain branch. The development was beneficial to the company as it led them to receive donations from the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund to finish the expansion project. The government was pleased with the firm’s input towards caring for the environment. OSI Group was installing new production equipment that consumed less energy by 20% and supported a cogeneration and refrigeration system that boosted energy efficiency.
Globally, OSI Group has more than 20,000 workers. The CEO and Chairman of the firm, Sheldon Lavin is pleased with the progress has made over the forty years it has been in operation. In 2016, he received the Global Visionary Award and the Edward C. Jones Community Service Award. In addition to the personal recognition, the company has also been honored repeatedly.
Before the recent expansion plans in Toledo, Spain, OSI Group acquired new properties in 2016. In Chicago, they bought a processing plant and warehouse and later ventured into the international market through the acquisition of Baho Food. They then purchased Flagship Europe that was under the Flagship Food Group and renamed it Creative Foods Europe. The OSI Food Solutions was the company’s most recent acquisition. The firm aimed to increase its production capacity and serve their international clients.
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