When the British Safety Council declared OSI Food Solutions UK as one of the 2016 recipients of the prestigious Globe of Honour, it was a befitting testimony to the company’s commitment to sustainable management and environmental protection practices. The company, which started operating in the UK in 1989, satisfied the grading criteria set by a panel of experts in addition to achieving a five-star rating by the Council. In her congratulatory speech at the award luncheon, the Council’s chair Hall Lynda Armstrong noted that all the honorees had shown their commitment to implementing integrated management systems within their operations. The 2016 recognition marked the third time OSI Food Solutions was receiving the environmental leadership award after it also won in 2013 and 2015. During the same year, the company also took home the Sword of Honour for its excellent record in managing workplace health and safety risks.
Strategic Acquisitions: The Making of a Global Brand
From its humble beginnings as butcher shop located at a street corner in Oak Park, Illinois, OSI Food Solutions has grown in leaps and bounds to become the world leading supplier of value-added proteins with operations across several continents. The company’s metamorphosis into a market leader is a product of a strategic brand positioning, acquisitions, partnerships, adoption of technology, and the expansion of manufacturing capacity. To meet the ever-growing demand for processed meat and other fast food products, the company embarked on an ambitious plan to expand into new markets through acquisitions. In 2016, OSI Food Solutions acquired two European valued-added manufacturers and retailers: Baho Foods and Flagship Europe.
The Baho Foods deal also included its production plants and five subsidiaries spread across Netherlands and Germany. The same year, OSI also acquired a food processing plant in Chicago, Illinois. The plant was previously owned by Tyson Foods.With the new acquisitions, the company expert management aims at ramping up the company food processing capacity while also expanding its product lines. Moreover, the company will improve the flexibility of its service delivery, making it more responsive to market demands. In 2017, OSI Food Solutions announced that it had invested millions of dollars to revamp its chicken processing plant in Toledo. The investment will see the company’s food production capacity from the plant double.