OSI Group, the world’s leading supplier of value-added food products recently inherited Flagship Europe, a leading supplier of sous vide products, frozen poultry, dressings, sauces and mayonnaise to Europe’s foodservice market. Flagship Europe was previously owned by Flagship Food Group, a firm based in Denver, Colorado. The firm became a leader in the food industry shortly after Calder Foods, a UK-based firm that supplies marinades, sauces, dips, mayonnaise and sandwich fillings bought it.
Speaking during the handover ceremony of Flagship Europe to OSI Group, CEO of Flagship Europe, Russell Maddock, said the move was another progressive and exciting development for the company. He said the acquisition of the firm by the world’s leading food supplier of value-added food products would significantly provide more resources at their disposal, ultimately providing Flagship Europe with more access to global markets and customers. The CEO stated the move would strengthen the firm’s position in today’s competitive marketplace, hence opening new opportunities which will lead to more revenues and further enable Flagship Europe to serve its clients better while supporting its already successful business.
David McDonald, the current President of OSI Group, said adding Flagship Europe to their European business will give the group a wider presence in Europe. He explained how the brands and products of Flagship Europe would complement the groups processing capabilities while improving the group’s potential to serve the evolving and emerging needs of their customers. Currently, the group has over 65 facilities worldwide, in addition to employing more than 21,000 workers in 17 nations. The group treats its clients to quality experience, thanks to its extensive capabilities of embracing superior custom food production. It is capable of meeting the huge global supply food needs through sourcing and processing. This enables the group to deliver great custom food products which have been meticulously processed to meet their clients’ needs.
The Group hopes to serve more clients following its recent acquisition of Flagship Europe. This is just one of the acquisitions the group has made to increase its production capabilities. Before purchasing Flagship, the group had previously bought Baho Food, a leading Dutch manufacturer of convenient foods ranging from snacks, deli meats to snacks. Moreover, the group had also acquired Atlantic Foods and renamed it Creative Foods. The CEO of the group expressed the group’s intentions to acquire more firms to broaden its market share.
The acquisition of Flagship Europe by OSI Group has opened a door of opportunities for the group. The move will take the group’s operations to a new level.
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David McDonald, the COO and the president of OSI Group has spent the last three decades working hard to make OSI Group the largest privately owned food manufacturer not only in America but also in the rest of the world. The graduate from Lowa State University has helped OSI Group to achieve unprecedented growth. OSI Group, which has been in the market for over a century, continues to dominate the American food industry. They specialize in the manufacture and distribution of value-added proteins such as beef patties, sausages, poultry products, sandwiches, and pizza, just to mention a few. OSI Group has grown from a Chicago-based butcher shop to a multinational company currently present in more than eighteen countries and with more than eighty processing facilities. Under McDonald’s reign as the president of OSI Group, they have managed to expand their boundaries to Spain, Asia, and North America.
A brief history of David McDonald
David McDonald hails from farms of Lowa where he was born and raised. His parents are farmers who specialized in the cultivation of horticultural crops and animals. While growing, McDonald learned much concerning agriculture and eventually developed a lot of interest in it. His passion for agriculture pushed David McDonald to pursue a degree in Animal Science from the Lowa State University.
Upon completing his degree in Animal Science, David McDonald immediately secured employment with OSI Industries. At that time, no one anticipated that David McDonald would eventually become an icon in the food industry. Bosses at OSI Industries were pleased with McDonald’s ambition and hard work, which earned promotions in the company. David McDonald rose through the ranks at OSI Group to become the COO and the president of the company.
Ensuring sustainability at OSI Group
One of McDonald’s main tasks was to maintain sustainability in a company that has been around for over a century. According to David McDonald, sustainability at OSI Group is maintained by ensuring that the company evolves with changing market trends. OSI Group achieves this by introducing a new line of products that meet the needs of the current consumers. It explains why OSI Group introduced pizza and beef patties to their range of products.
Acquisition of other companies
According to David McDonald, OSI Group has developed an insatiable desire for growth. In the last few years, OSI Group has entered into exclusive partnerships and also purchased several other food companies in Asia, Europe, and the Netherlands. According to McDonald, this one of the ways in which OSI Group will dominate the world food market.
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OSI Group began as a family run company named Otto and Sons and transformed into a top global food provider. Through partnerships with leaders in the food retail service sector, OSI Group offers a variety of products around the world. Since its founding, the privately held company has made substantial infrastructural and financial investments.
Agility, pursuit for entrepreneurial excellence and growth, innovation and collaboration with stakeholders have driven the success of OSI Group over the year. The company’s focuses in production and distribution of vegetable products, meats, seafood, sauces and processed protein items. OSI finished products are available in supermarkets and restaurants around the world. OSI Group’s marketing strategy is to provide customized products that meet the tastes and preferences of the local consumer. Headquartered in Aurora Illinois and with subsidiaries across 17 countries in 60 different facilities, OSI group is also a global employer.
OSI Group pursues growth through joint ventures, partnerships, and acquisitions. In August 2016, the company led by CEO, Sheldon Lavin, and current President David McDonald, acquired Europe based Baho Food. Baho Food was also a food provider founded in the Netherlands and serves 18 countries in Europe with subsidiaries in the Netherlands and Germany. The Dutch company primarily focused on the manufacture of deli meats, snacks, and convenience foods. Adding Baho Food to the OSI Group portfolio increased its market share in the European market as well as the product offerings.
The purchase of Flagship Europe was also in 2016. With an established market in the UK, Flagship Europe products include frozen poultry, dressing, sauces, mayonnaise, pies and sous vide equipment. The transaction exposed both companies to new markets and extended OSI Group’s influence in the European market. Flagship Europe would benefit from OSI’S success in other markets such as Asia and the USA. OSI group has also continued its expansion in other Europe countries such as Spain and Germany through partnerships and joint ventures.
Even as it focuses on international expansions, OSI Group is keen to grow its influence in the domestic market. So far, OSI has diversified its products and services as it seeks to attract more customers and meet the various needs. With the new food pant in Chicago, purchased from Tyson Foods for $7.4 million, OSI Group intends to scale up its production capacity in the US. The transaction also secured jobs for five hundred people in the local community. For more info about us: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-mcdonald-a1b1137 click here.
As consumer demands evolve, the company intends to continue expanding to meet the needs more efficiently. For its commitment in containing environmental risks, OSI Group received the 2016 Globe of Honour Award presented by the British Safety Council. OSI has also won several other awards in the local markets it operated.