How David McDonald is Making Sustainability the Key to OSI Group’s Success

David McDonald, President and Chief Operating Officer of OSI Group, was born and raised on an Iowa farm in the heart of America’s beef industry. In 1987, after a successful collegiate career at Iowa State University for which he received the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award and a bachelor’s degree in animal science, he joined OSI Group, a premier global food vendor, and has been bringing Iowa farm wisdom to the worldwide food market ever since.

McDonald first joined OSI as a project manager, working to grow what began as a small family meat store into a trusted global supplier of food products to the retail and foodservice industries. Now, more than thirty years later as President and Chief Operating Officer, he is presiding over an ongoing worldwide expansion that has given OSI Group a presence in 17 countries including China.

Under McDonald, OSI has achieved unprecedented success in the marketplace by meeting consumer demand for food that is fresh, safe, and responsibly sourced. As the former chairman and current member of the board of directors of the American Meat Institute, McDonald believes it is critical for OSI to support the work of environmentally-focused industry partners such as the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

In response to the election of OSI’s Senior Vice President and Sustainability Officer Nicole Johnson-Hoffman as President of the GRSB, McDonald said, “As a global food provider to the world’s leading brands, sustainability has always been a priority at OSI. We know how important it is to our customers to know how we treat the world’s valuable resources.” pointing out that the GRSB assists companies offering beef products to embrace sustainability and incorporate best practices into their business model, and lacrosse camp David.

Under his watch, new OSI production facilities have been designed and retrofitted with energy saving technology, partnerships have been established with meat suppliers and other vendors who are committed to environmentally responsible practices, and food waste has been decreased with substantial donations of food to charities feeding the hungry, and resume him.

Ultimately, McDonald knows that OSI’s profitability as a business is inextricably linked to its ability to remain socially and environmentally sustainable saying, “We will continue to evolve our business practices to realize operational efficiencies that enhance our employees’ lives, build our global communities, and sustain our environmental resources”, and more information click here.

How OSI Group Has Certified Themselves As A Leader In Food Safety

OSI Group has been making tasty prepackaged foods for several decades and have a lot of profits to show for it, but on top of supplying delicious meals to restaurants and grocery chains they’ve made safety a priority. Using high tech methods and adhering to strict operational regulations, OSI Group has been able to produce some of the healthiest and safest products on the market.

They’ve also made sure all their machinery and production equipment keeps the environment clean and is EPA-compliant. In recognition of their safety practices, the British Safety Council awarded OSI Group with the Globe of Honour for upholding all government regulations in food plants across the UK.

OSI Group specializes in both raw and precooked meats and entrees and their ready-to-order items include pizzas, prepared burgers, breakfast bacons and sausages, chicken nuggets and other items found at fast food restaurants and supermarkets. They have acquired many food distribution and processing companies over the years including Flagship Europe and Baho Food, but they’ve kept those companies’ leadership in place and have always offered current employees the chance to stay. OSI Group values a family atmosphere in the workplace and has worked to retain employees and managers over the years.

OSI Group began in 1909 when Otto Kolschowsky and his family ran a butcher shop in Chicago which grew into a large meat wholesale company. In the 1980s they brought Sheldon Lavin on as a financial consultant, but as he developed a passion for what the company did and guided it through some expansions he was promoted to CEO. Sheldon Lavin has run OSI Group for about 30 years and has also led the philanthropic wings of the company, including sitting on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.