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How Sheldon Lavin’s Expertise led to OSI Group’s Success


OSI Group has made it possible to sustain food production and supplies through the leadership of Sheldon Lavin. The company has a long history of challenges since the time it started operations as Otto & Sons at the beginning of the 20th century. However, the company’s cutting-edge technology has won the company various awards despite the many challenges it has overcome. OSI Group is among the largest food producing and processing companies globally with impressive business history. The company started as a small butcher shop in Chicago before becoming the primary meat supplier to McDonald’s restaurants, and today it’s a global food supplier. Since Sheldon Lavin joined the company in the mid-1970s, it has witnessed tremendous growth. Sheldon guided the company on efficient productivity and minimal environmental degradation through embracing new technologies and strategies. One of the critical pillars of the company as far as decision making for the maximum service delivery is concerned, is sustainability.

As the world fights for sustainable and environmentally friendly operations in the food production sector, OSI Group is continuously developing strategies and techniques to adapt the challenge. Sheldon Lavin has received various Awards himself and on behalf of the company. Some of the Awards include California Green Business Award for taking care of the environment, Global Visionary Award for innovation, the North American Meat Institute’s Environmental Award, and the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour for sustainability. Lavin believes that these awards remind him of a long and challenging business career in the food production market. Besides being the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Sheldon sits in the management team as the Chairman.

Before joining OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin worked as a Bank Executive and an Investment Manager still in the banking sector. It was during this time Otto & Sons were looking for funds to run the company that they met Sheldon in the bank. He played a significant role to secure the funding of the company, and they requested him to join the company. They agreed, and Sheldon became the company’s financial consultant. In 1975, he became the company’s partner as the company was seeking international investment funds for international expansion. The company changed the name to become OSI Group to gain global recognition, and a few years later Sheldon took over as the top executive.

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