Growing a company from a local operation in Aurora, Illinois to a multi-national corporation requires a special talent – one that combines people skills with respect for place. OSI Group’s president, David McDonald, has that talent.
OSI Group, founded in 1909, began as a family-owned Chicago butcher shop and meat market known as Otto & Sons, USA. It drew its original name from its founder, Otto Kolschowsky. The hard work of the Kolschowsky family made its market the first supplier of ground beef for McDonald’s in 1955. The company began its expansion to Europe in 1977. McDonald joined the firm ten years later, in time to work on the company’s expansion to Taiwan. Under his leadership the company has ventured into the Philipines, Mexico, Austria, Poland, Hungary, China, and many other locations. OSI Group manages this continued expansion by retaining its local roots and learn more about David.
“We have a global operation which means we have scale in size but we have local management teams that are very sensitive and very understanding of the local cultures and tastes,” McDonald said in an interview with Food & Drink International. “It’s the power of global scale and efficiency along with local solutions.”
Retaining the local focus and sense of place wherever its operation expands also helps the company lead the way in sustainability. David McDonald makes sustainability of operations a top priority. The company’s 2016/17 Global Sustainability Report reflects its importance to the firm. With respect to environmental management, every European OSI Food Solutions facilities earned and retains ISO14001 certification. OSI donates food to help the hungry and homeless in multiple countries. For example, in 2015, the OSI North America operation donated more than 252,000 pounds of food to the non-profit Feeding America, which operates food banks nationwide. The same year, GenOSI donated more than 55,000 pounds of food to organizations in the Philippines that feed homeless children. The firm also sponsors animal welfare initiatives and workshops to support and promote industry improvement in this area and resume him.
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