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: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/index.php/articles/producers/1308-osi-group
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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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 Food Solutions is a company that provides processed food products to its customers. The company has been operational for the past one century. In the period that the company has been operating. A lot of changes have happened. The company has developed from a butcher shop to now one of the leading companies in the world.
Under the leadership of CEO Sheldon Lavin, this company is now on the Forbes list of the top 100 private companies in the United States. OSI is currently valued at $6 billion. The company has grown tremendously in the past few decades, due to the impact of the top leadership.
OSI Food Solutions is expanding its operations further, this time focusing on areas that have high potential but are yet to be put under the company’s control. The main focus of the company currently seems to be in Europe. Europe has a high potential market for processed foods but OSI is yet to capture the market as they would wish. In the last three years, the company has made some huge strides towards putting this region under its control. They started by taking control of some big and high potential food companies in the region. Baho Food, a Dutch food company, is the first company from this region to be acquired by OSI.
OSI Food also acquired another UK food company known as Flagship Europe. This company was at the beginning of 2018 renamed Creative Foods. These two acquisitions have the potential to make OSI Food Solutions operation in Europe to gain momentum. The management at OSI right now is determined to see the company take control of this market. The focus that has placed in this region will definitely lead to success. The leadership has a keen eye on developments that are taking place in this industry and is trying as much as possible to become more prominent.
OSI Food Solutions is looking for organizations which offer them a chance to grow. In all the partnerships that they have made with other companies, they have retained the previous management teams. What they need is to have people who are near the customer. By training these people, the company can deal with issues that customers raise. The main objective of any business should be to follow what the customer wants. OSI Food Solutions is getting it right by working closely with the people who understand the customers more than the senior management do.