Aurora Illinois based OSI Food Solutions has supplied frozen patties to McDonald’s for over six decades. Starting as a one-man butcher shop in the nineteen-aughts OSI is now a multinational restaurant supply company serving multiple large restaurant chains.Presented by the British Safety Council the Globe of Honour is awarded to companies that demonstrate an exemplary commitment protecting the environment. On November 25, 2016, during a ceremony at London’s Draper’s Hall OSI Food Solutions was one of 18 companies from around the business world to receive a Globe of Honour.Companies apply to be considered for a Globe of Honour. The physical award is a glass globe made specifically for the British Safety Council.Vying companies undergo an environmental audit.
To earn the Globe of Honour candidates must receive a perfect five-out-of-five score for compliance with environmental regulations.Twenty-nine years ago, OSI began processing beef and pork in Scunthorpe, England. The 2016 award was the third Globe of Honour that facility has won.OSI Food Solutions recently doubled the production of chicken products in its Toledo, Spain facility to 48 million pounds a year. As production increased the plant’s energy consumption decreased. Both accomplishments were the result of a 17 million euro (currently $19,411,264.24 USD) expenditure to expand the plant.The facility’s electrical consumption is down 20% because of new equipment.
Heating the plant’s water using heat given off by cold storage units and cogeneration system saves more energy. Cogeneration is a means of using a single fuel to generate heat and electricity.For three consecutive years, Spain and Portugal’s demand for chicken products have increased 08%. To satisfy the increased demand OSI Food Solutions expanded their Toledo, Spain plant to 22,600 square feet.Among the features of the expansion are a product development kitchen and an employee lounge. A modernized production hall was also added.Safety systems were also upgraded. To prevent the deliberate contamination of food products OSI Food Solutions enhanced its food defense system with an access control system to keep unauthorized personnel out of the food processing area. The facility also has a state-of-the-art fire suppression system.