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.