With a background in banking, where he spent many years as a prominent executive, Sheldon Lavin was a newbie in the world of food processing, when he decided to enter into a partnership with Otto Kolschowsky – then the head of the fledgling, Otto & Sons. In the 1970’s, Sheldon Lavin became an equal partner in Otto & Sons, helping to take the company to the next level with his innovations, which including the creation of a plant that catered specifically to catering McDonald’s. As the world-famous burger chain grew, so did Otto & Sons, which would eventually be renamed, OSI Group in 1975, under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin. The 1980’s would mark a particularly fruitful period for OSI Group, as the company would begin its global expansion, creating sites in countries such as Taiwan, Austria, Germany, Spain, and Brazil. In the 1990’s, Sheldon Lavin and OSI Group continued the trend that began in the 1980’s, as the company expanded into Mexico, China, the Philippines, and Poland, while also creating several new plants locally.
The 2000’s would spark a period of acquisition in the history of OSI Group, which would, in turn, create increased territory on the global stage, as well as an increased presence in new markets, such as fresh produce. It was in 2002, that OSI Group moved to fresh produce, which occurred during an acquisition in China, and it was shortly thereafter, that an acquisition in Australia resulted in an increased presence within the beef market on the continent. With an increased need for a presence within the European market, OSI made significant strides in 2014 in the form of a joint venture with Pickstock of the United Kingdom, as well as partnerships with Select Ready Foods of Edmonton, Alberta, and the prominent German supermarket chain, EDEKA. Today, at the age of 85, the Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin continues his effort to grow the company that he’s built into a world-renowned entity, while also decreasing the environmental footprint, and promoting sustainability.
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