Despite OSI Food Solutions being a global manufacturer of food products many people haven’t heard of them. This despite the fact that they are ranked as the United States 58th biggest private company and that they brought in $6.1 billion in revenue in the fiscal year ending on December 31st, 2016, according to Forbes. They were founded in 1909 and were known for many years at Otto & Sons until they changed their name around 1975.
OSI Food Solutions has production facilities in 17 nations. One of these is located in Spain and it provides products such as chicken, beef, and pork. Their value-added food is supplied to companies in the food service industry as well as retail food brands. Their Toledo, Spain facility recently needed an upgrade as both Spain and Portugal, the two nation’s this facility provides food to are both eating more chicken than ever. The managing director of their subsidiary, OSI Spain, said that over the past decade growth in this market segment has been averaging 6 percent each year. He added that over the past three years this has accelerated to 8 percent growth in demand for chicken products.
The leaders of OSI Food Solutions performed a number of upgrades which cost a total of $20 million. The most important improvement was adding a high capacity production line. Once this work was completed this facility doubled their chicken output to 24,000 tons a year. In total the now produce 45,000 tons of protein-based food products annually.
The other improvements had to do with food safety, a critically important thing at OSI Food Solutions. They added outdoor cameras so that they could detect unauthorized people entering the premises. They also added indoor cameras which monitor the food to make sure it is always being processed correctly. They also put in a new cutting-edge firefighting system as part of this plant upgrade.
It’s not just food safety which is treated very seriously by OSI Food Solutions. They also do what they can to limit the impact of their business operations on the environment. This focus led to their earning the Globe of Honour Award in 2016. This is an award very selectively handed out by the British Safety Council. The British Safety Council monitors a company for 12 months, all the way from the boardroom to the processing plants, to make sure they are demonstrating excellence when it comes to environmental management.
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