McDonalds Food Packer, OSI Group, Co-produces the Impossible Burger for Impossible Foods

OSI Group History


In 1909 Otto Kolkovsky and his two sons landed in the United States as German Immigrants. They moved to Deer Park, a small suburb of Chicago. It was not long after landing that Otto and Sons was the name of their meatpacking store which expanded throughout Chicago. In 1955 Ray Kroc the owner of McDonalds, offered Otto & Sons to be the official producer of the McDonalds franchise burger. Both companies expanded internationally, McDonalds thru its franchises and OSI Group as its official meatpacker. OSI Group carries on that tradition today now for over 65 years. OSI has always expanded into other areas of service because of its deep innovation history allowing it to serve multiple needs in the food industry. OSI has proven itself by over 100 years of award-winning innovations to the food industry.

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Impossible Foods

Impossible Foods is a Redwood City headquartered business specializing in producing plant-based foods. Impossible Foods launched its business in 2011 with the focus of solving the solution to finding a 100% plant-based burger. Specifically, Impossible Burger was seeking to produce an all plant-based burger that tasted, smelled, looked, cooked and “bled” like beef, but retained its 100% plant-based quality. In 2016 it was ready to showcase its discoveries. It significant development was a plant-based burger with “heme,” which is a protein found in the roots of the soybean. “Heme,” as seen in both animal and plant protein, is what causes beef to taste like beef. Food critics and others first tested the Impossible Burger in mid-2016 in a New York Upscale restaurant owned and operated by David Chang. The Momofuku Nishi debut of the Impossible Burger was widely received.

Growing Demand Increases

Soon the Impossible Foods flagship burger began to be demanded by thousands of restaurants. Unable to keep up with the production demand at its 68,000 square food production facility, Impossible Foods offered a co-production agreement with OSI to help it keep up with the order. Sheetal Shad, speaking for Impossible Foods, says Impossible Foods can go anywhere and everywhere now with the support of OSI. OSI is located in 17 countries with sixty-five locations and over 20K employees.


McDonald’s to Offer An Outlet for OSI Group’s and Impossible Foods’ Impossible Burger

Meat supplier OSI Group recently partnered with Impossible Foods, a plant-based burger producer to pool their efforts to meet the increasing demand for impossible burgers. The growing demand for the burger is rampant in various outlets that include large restaurant chains, independent restaurants, and commercial outlets. OSI Group has globally supplied food products for over 100 years and has 65 facilities in 17 countries, which will help to furnish the high demand for Impossible Burger. The company provides food products to McDonalds, one of the most famous food joints globally. One of the major suppliers of Impossible Food products is Burger King, which owns around 7,000 outlets nationally. Although Burger King uses 59 stores to supply the impossible Burger since April 2019, they will start stocking nationwide shortly after holding a planned launch countrywide. See also on Forbes.

Globally, most consumers are becoming environmentally conscious to reduce meat consumption, which is increasing the demand for plant-based sausages and burgers. This demand will financially benefit the partnership as each company offers varying characteristics. OSI Group will offer financial support, expertise, and a supply channel through their multiple outlets such as McDonalds, while Impossible Foods launched the Impossible Burger, which took the market by storm. When responding to customers who questioned whether McDonalds will supply the Impossible Burger, Sheetal Shah, Impossible Foods’ senior vice president of product and operations told them that they were prepared to go anywhere and everywhere to meet their increasing demand.

The senior executive vice president for OSI North America, said the time has come for plant-based meat substitutes when addressing reporters. He said the time was right to grab the opportunity as many companies such as Beyond meat and Maple Leaf Foods Inc, that are offering vegan meat substitute products are expanding their facilities to meet booming demand while reaping significant benefits. The partnership will also financially help Impossible Food’s plan to launch and extend its operations in Asia, where demand for meat is very high. Read:

McDonalds Soon to Offer a Plant-Based Burger

There is good news for vegans and vegetarians. Now, more than ever, mainstream fast food chains are incorporating more plant based food options into their menus. Because of this trend, vegans and vegetarians will now have more dining options, and they will be able to easily enjoy meals with family and friends who do not subscribe to vegan and vegetarian diets. McDonalds will soon offer the Impossible Burger as McDonalds leading meat supplier, OSI Group, will be working with Impossible Foods to make this a reality. When Burger king worked with Impossible Foods to create the Impossible Whopper, it was never expected that this plant-based option would sell so well.

Sales exploded, and there was difficulty making enough supply to meet the demand. Since Burger King’s Impossible Whopper had a spectacular turnout, OSI Group and Impossible foods are more than optimistic to partner together to create the famous impossible Burger, and they anticipate the same turnout that occurred with the Impossible Whopper since it became so popular so quickly. Plant-based burger options are soaring in popularity, and McDonalds wants to jump in on the action and get a piece of the profit pie. The date on which the Impossible Burger will be released is unknown at this time.

The Senior Vice President of Impossible Foods, Sheetal Shah, is pleased that the Food and drug Administration deemed soy leghemoglobin to be safe as this is one of the main food ingredients in Impossible Foods plant-based burgers. With this development, there is no reason that Impossible Foods cannot sell their plant-based burgers in mainstream grocery stores, offering even more plant-based options to both vegans and vegetarians. It seems that now, their main focus is getting plant-based options into as many fast food restaurants as possible. When Impossible Burgers will end up in grocery stores is unknown at this time. It is anticipated that when Impossible Burgers do finally end up in stores, retail sales will soar.

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Award Winning Commitment To Excellence : Sheldon Lavin

Lupita Nyong’o once said, “Your dreams are valid”, and this has rung true in one man’s life. Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of the OSI group was recently awarded the Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy. As stated in the March 2, 2016 article on The Provisioner, this award honors the tenacity and strong will of men and women across various fields to see their dream come to life. Sheldon Lavin managed to grow OSI group, previously a domestic food company, into a global empire with over 65 locations and 20,000 employees in 17 countries around the world.

OSI group boast of being the premier food supplier with value-added products in food service and retail food brands.OSI’s wide range of products caters for many food lifestyles. Their products include processed meats and vegetables, snacks, desserts, raw and ready made. OSI has a made to order model that is suited to the client’s desire. Every order is custom made and is focused on efficiency for the end-user. Whether it is breakfasts, lunches, entrées, side dishes, snacks, appetizers or desserts, OSI has the capability and creativity to meet each client’s specific needs.

Though OSI has faced a few scandals, such as the meat safety scandal in 2014, it has bounced back. Through working cooperatively with the food safety authorities, and putting tight scalable systems in place they ensure the highest quality standards. Sheldon Lavin’s model of sustainability has set OSI apart as one of the top food processing organization in the world. The model pushed for environmentally friendly processes that not only give good quality but reduce the company’s global footprint.

In addition to receiving the Global Visionary Award, Sheldon Lavin has gone on to receive the North American Meat Institute’s Environmental Award, the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour, and the California Green Business Award. His commitment to excellence is evident in the results of his work.

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The OSI Group in Germany Shares Hamburger Secrets of McDonalds

There are several interesting things you can learn from the OSI Group because they are responsible for making some of the famous McDonald’s hamburgers. The OSI Group in Germany had a plant tour that took guest through the entire hamburger making process.

Before you even show up for the tour, there are several things you should know. For one thing, no jewelry is allowed in the meat processing area, and individuals are also not permitted to bring in plastic gadgets, such as pens. If you need a writing utensil to take notes with during the tour, you can use a clipboard and a metal writing device. Near the end of the tour you find out why metal is okay but not plastic. One of the final inspections is with a metal detector, so if you accidentally lose your pen, you might get it back. A final thing you should know before heading to OSI Group is that no one is allowed to work or probably go on the tour if they have any type of GI distress. If anyone is ill, they must get a clean bill of health before heading back to work.

These are just a few of the safety nets put in place at the plant. There are many inspectors there at each point in the process, but along with inspectors, there is high-end machinery that takes care of smaller details. For example, the grinder is so fine if any fragments of bone get through the bone inspection process, the grinder will eliminate them.

Shaping the patties is also done by equipment. This ensures complete uniformity at every restaurant. Other steps that are in place to ensure consistency is random cooking and taste testing of the meat. The meat is cooked on the same grill that is used in all of the restaurants. Besides uniformity, it is checked for flavor and texture.

Once the McDonald’s hamburger patties have completed all the inspections and have been confirmed to be uniform, they are frozen and boxed up and shipped out. At this German plant, the distribution department is conveniently located across the parking lot.

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Sheldon Lavin Talks About OSI Group

Sheldon Lavin is the chief executive officer and chief and chairman of the meat processing company OSI Group LLC. He recently sat down to talk about the company and his career background. Lavin had a number of intriguing things to say about the company as well as how he got started in the meat processing and distribution business. Prior to getting involved with OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin worked as a financial consultant. He went into financial consulting in order to give himself key knowledge on how to manage his own business one day. His academic background in both accounting and finance also played a role in his decision to get into his initial career.

Lavin became a part of OSI Group when he arranged financing for the first meat processing facility in West Chicago, Illinois. He provided capital for the Kolschowsky family to get funds to make improvements on the facility. During the next several years, Sheldon Lavin would then continue to be involved with the company and eventually become its owner. Once taking over OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin looked to grow the company and make it into a world class food processing enterprise. Over a span of two decades, Lavin helped expand the company to 17 countries worldwide. With this expansion, OSI Group would eventually become one of the top meat processing and supply companies in the entire world.

Sheldon Lavin revealed that OSI Group is located in 17 along with having over 70 facilities worldwide. The range of products the company sells include protein items, sauces, vegetable items and baked goods. All of these products have allowed the company to help many food retailers and restaurants get what they need to satisfy their customers. When taking over OSI Group, Lavin looked to make the company very entrepreneurial. This meant that the company would emphasize innovation and independence among all of the managers and employees. The company operates like a family where all of the employees and managers work together and support one another. The current entrepreneurial culture is one of the main reasons why OSI Group continues to be among the most successful companies in its industry.

OSI Group’s David McDonald’s Thoughts on Growing a Business

For most of a century, the OSI Group has been growing at a relatively steadily rate; initially founded as a small family-run meat processing company, it’s gone on to become one of the largest food and meat processors and suppliers in the world. Much of this has been because of a few innovative and strategic decisions that the company has made in the past. Over the past few years, much of this has been done under the leadership of David McDonald. Mr. McDonald had worked with a variety of other companies before joining OSI and has had a considerable amount of success in each role.

Throughout much of this time, however, David McDonald has always believed that many public agencies may not be as effective as people would want. Instead, he suggests, it’s been private businesses that have been at the forefront of economic activity and advancements in many countries. As an example, David McDonald used how the OSI Group made it so successful in the first place. This was done through partnering with fast-food giant McDonalds; at the time, the company was rolling out its franchise opportunities, which in itself was a somewhat innovative advancement in the industry. With the partnership between the two companies, both were able to thrive and innovate in their respective areas.

As such, both of these companies became a considerable success; McDonald’s became a household name, and the OSI Group has gone on the become the largest meat processor in the United States. According to most reports, OSI currently creates a few million burgers and food items on a daily basis. However, David McDonald has suggested that this may not have happened if it was two public agencies who had partnered together. While Mr. McDonald has noted that they are effective in some areas; however, he’s also claimed that much of the innovation that has been ascribed to public agencies have been overstated. Because of this, David McDonald has pointed out that historically speaking, it’s been private enterprises that have led advancements and have been the ones that have been truly effective at getting things done.


OSI Food Solutions Increases Capacity Through Acquisitions

Because OSI Food Solutions has aspirations to expand its business to a greater extent, the company added a high capacity production line to its facility located in Toledo, Spain and bought a Dutch company, Baho Food. The details of the Baho Food acquisition were not revealed. Baho Food manufactures convenience foods, such as deli meats and snacks. The Dutch company together with its five subsidiaries also serves food service providers and retailers in 18 European countries. According to David McDonald, the President and Chief Operating Officer of OSI, acquiring Baho Food will give OSI a greater presence in Europe. Also, Baho Food’s portfolio of brands and products will serve as a complement and an enhancement to OSI’s existing capabilities to meet the needs of their customers. David McDonald also serves OSI Food Solutions in the capacities of Project Manager of OSI Industries and Director of OSI International Foods (Australia) Pty Limited. He also sits on OSI Group’s board of directors. David McDonald is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. degree in Animal Science.

In Toledo, Spain, OSI Food Solutions added a high capacity production line to its facility there. The project cost a total of €17 million to implement, €1.5 million of which came from the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund, granted to OSI by the regional government because OSI Spain met certain qualifications. That is, OSI Food Solutions has demonstrated a commitment to agricultural development, employment, and sustainability. The new high capacity production line has raised the facility’s production capacity of high-quality, processed chicken to 24,000 tons per year from 12,000 tons per year. Now, OSI Spain’s annual production capacity of quality meat products surpass 45,000 tons. The project was implemented due to a growing demand for chicken products from Spain and Portugal, which has risen by 6 percent annually over the past 10 years and by an average of 8 percent in the last three years. 20 new jobs will be created at the facility.

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