Sheldon Lavin is currently the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the OSI Group LLC. OSI Group is one of the largest food processors around the globe with presence in all the most significant food markets around the world. The company is a major supplier to some of the most significant food retail stores in the world.
Sheldon has extensive experience in the food industry spanning through several decades since joining the OSI Group in 1970 to assist in the financing efforts. OSI Group was previously known as Otto & Sons at the time. He took over from the sons of Otto and Sons as they reached their retirement years. Under Sheldon’s watch, OSI Foods changed its name in 1975. The company grew from a food processing farm serving the domestic market to an international food processor with over 60 facilities around the world.
Early years OSI Group
During the first few years, Sheldon Lavin concentrated his focus on increasing OSI’s manufacturing capabilities. Laving wanted to match the demands of its primary customer; McDonald’s, which was experiencing explosive growth. He started by opening the first facility outside Chicago in 1977 and many more in the early 1980s.
Expansions around the world
OSI Group was working with McDonald’s as it was expanding internationally. OSI entered into joint ventures in Germany in 1978 and Spain in 1980. Sheldon Lavin negotiated other partnerships all over Europe and Asia.
The complex negotiations and capitalization of international ventures catapulted Sheldon Lavin to the position of the Chief Executive Officer and the chairman of the company. His long experience in the banking and investment sector proved crucial in steering the high growth phase of OSI Group. It also enabled OSI Foods to continue serving McDonald and venture to new sectors of the food market.
Today, OSI has taken a dominant position as a world leader in food processing with joint ventures and acquisitions in Mexico, Brazil, around Europe, the Pacific Rim, and Asia. Its joint venture with K&K Foods of Taiwan opened the Asia Pacific market, while GenOSI joint venture began the Philippines market. Currently, OSI serves some of the most significant clients around the world including Starbucks, Burger King, Papa John’s, Subway, Yum, McDonald’s, and Saizeriya among others.