The OSI Group is a food processing company providing value-added food products and infrastructure solutions to the food industry. The privately held company was founded in 1909 and is based in Aurora, Illinois. The holding company has subsidiaries in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. It operates facilities in more than sixty-five locations globally. David McDonald is the serving Chief Operating Officer and President of the group.
He attended Iowa State University and graduated in 1987. He has previously held various executive positions with the group such as Project Manager of OSI Industries. He serves as a Director of Marfrig Global Foods and the OSI subsidiary OSI International Foods, Australia. He has previously worked as the Chairman of the North American Meat Institute and still serves on the board.
He continues to drive the group’s vision to become the global food provider of choice for leading foodservice and retail brands. According to David McDonald OSI Group, the group operates a global network but maintains local management teams. This enables the organization to achieve efficiency by using local solutions. It also helps the group to stay compliant with local laws as well as take advantage of local tastes and preferences.
Using a global infrastructure that is aligned with local solutions achieves the best result. The group supplies value-added meat products and has a significant presence in China. David McDonald reiterates that China continues to be a key market for the group. Expansions are underway to keep up with the growing markets. The company has a global expansion plan adding production facilities, processing plants, and storage capacity.
He explains that the growth drive runs in the group and is fueled by the Chairman, Sheldon Lavin. David McDonald reports that most of the growth is demand driven. This enables the group to partner with clients to develop innovative products that cater to the dynamic needs of consumers.
OSI Group is directly involved in the upstream and downstream supply partners. It collaborates with food equipment manufacturers to develop systems and technologies that improve food quality and safety. He reiterates the group monitors the production of agricultural inputs that they receive from suppliers.