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OSI Group: A Serving Of Success

The OSI Group is one of the major food product suppliers in the U.S. The business provides customers with various retail food brands and food service. It is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois and remains one of the largest privately-owned company in America.

The OSI Group also provides customers with what they call global “food supply chain management.” The company handles every step of the process including (but not limited to) sourcing, processing, and distribution. They also provide what is referred to in the industry as customized food product development.

What’s more, the food supplying business is also regularly involved in other related areas of the industry. They are involved in such fields as food development and research. This also reportedly includes safety assurance, quality control, and even food process engineering.

The OSI Group maintains specific regulations and policies to guarantee a noteworthy quality of food safety and service. The business adheres to a number of different safety procedures. OSI uses Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point systems and obtaining Global Food Safety Initiative certification.

Honors And Recognitions

The OSI Group has been honored for the high quality of its food services. The company was also recognized for its commitment to environmental management. Recently OSI Food Solutions, based in the United Kingdom, received the famous Globe of Honor Award.

This honor was presented to the company by the BSI (British Safety Council). The BSI acknowledges various business ventures for their exceptional environmental risk management. The OSI Group was additionally slotted in as one of the “top 100” suppliers of food and beverages. This honor was due to the business’ noteworthy leadership and growth in the industry.

OSI’s Facilities And Staff

At present, the company currently has nearly 70 facilities in 17 different nations. Approximately 20,000 employees are presently working for the OSI Group around the world. OSI is hoping to continue to grow its customer base by investing their profits in new facilities and warehouses. One recent example of this would be the acquisition of the former Tyson plant in Chicago, Illinois.

Another relatively recent example of the company’s efforts at continued growth would include the acquisition of a company known as Baho. Baho was formerly owned by the Dutch. The Baho company makes convenience food, deli meats, and assorted snack products. More recently, OSI purchased the Brit food service supplier named Flagship Europe.

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In the Food Distribution Business, Few Shine Brighter Than OSI Group

Out of the “City of Lights” comes a bright beacon in global food distribution; that aurora is the OSI Group, a premier global food provider with over 65 facilities in 17 countries worldwide.

With solutions that are concept-to-table innovations, OSI Group partners with top foodservice companies and retail food brands. OSI Group’s success is found in their customer’s success. Expansion for OSI is not only coming through in the form of more plants (seven new facilities built in 2016), but also though helping its clients improve on their ROI through a wider offering, ranging from affordable food offerings to natural and organic foods that seem to be in a growing demand. But through this growth, “healthy and tasty” is always an ingredient from which the OSI Group never deviates.

If not familiar with the Chicago area, the “City of Lights” is the city of Aurora about 30 minutes straight west of Chicago where OSI is headquartered. And the star that lights everything up is CEO Sheldon Lavin. OSI’s history dates back to 1909 when Otto Kolschowsky opened a family meat market in a near-west Chicago suburb. Eventually the sons would get involved and in the 1950’s a small hamburger place in nearby Des Plaines forged a relationship with Otto and his sons that would catapult its meat processing business; that hamburger place – McDonalds.

As a financial consultant, Lavin got to know Otto and his sons (the “O” and “S” of OSI). This relationship would eventually lead to his ownership of OSI Group. With an entrepreneurial spirit and a business mind, Lavin married these characteristics to the food distribution industry in the formation of the OSI group. And what started out as a family business has in a sense remained that way through an expansion that has added over 20,000 employees.

The key has been to lead from the top, encouraging the local facilities to run their business aligned to their markets. Thus each facility in a sense is ran like a local family business, albeit an extended family from Aurora. It is this type of innovation and foresight that has made OSI a premier company in the global marketplace and will allow it to do so in the years to come.

OSI Group info: www.thecaterer.com/articles/493412/osi-group-acquires-flagship-europe

Julia Jackson, Jackson Family Wines & The Future of Winemaking

Julia JacksonJackson Family Wines of the Pacific Northwest has made a name for itself, especially after starting out as a small family company. Founder Jess Jackson actually turned his dream into a reality thanks to the beneficial help of his wife Barbara Banke. Since 1982, this small company has grown into a global powerhouse. The couple’s children even helped out when they were young and as adults. Julia, the youngest daughter, wasn’t really into vinification in the early days. She was involved in doing what every other little girl did around that time. As she got older, Julia worked for several modeling agencies in Los Angeles. She also attended Stanford University and Scripps College.Julia’s passion for wine came after working in the family’s many wineries abroad.

Julia JacksonWhile in France, Julia studied the business side of things, learned how to set up a proper presentation for serving wine, and she learned all about the vinification process. As of today, Julia has her own vineyard while working for the company. She is a salesman, a proprietor and a representative of Jackson Family Wines. Seeds of Empowerment, her very own nonprofit foundation, is all about female empowerment. This organization gives back to the community with cash grants on a yearly basis. Julia also uses her bachelor’s degree in studio art by designing the company’s official website as well as designing the wine bottles art.Jackson Family Wines have grown dramatically over the years. It produces a wide range of Chardonnay, Merlot, Champagne and Pinot Noir wines. One of its best sellers is the Bench Break Chardonnay, and it is loaded with spices and citrus flavors. The future of Jackson Family Wines is looking bright and Julia Jackson is one of the reasons for its high level of success.