Sheldon Lavin is a Chicago area entrepreneur who started out his professional career in banking and finance. He put together business owners who needed to borrow money and people who would lend it to them. In the 1970s he shifted to the food industry when he took over partial ownership of a local company, OSI Group, LLC, and became its new chief executive officer.
When he took over management of OSI Group, the company at the time was primarily a supplier of fresh beef patties for the fast food chain restaurant McDonald’s. He knew the company could be much more than that, though. He signed contracts with other restaurants to supply processed food to. He also signed contracts with major grocery store chains where his company would manufacture the food that they would sell as their own private brand.
Since the 1970s, Sheldon Lavin has expanded his company to supplying food to clients throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Today they process much more than ground beef. Among the many types of food his company processes there is pork, turkey, chicken, seafood, and vegetables. He has become an expert at operating a global supply chain and at tailoring food to meet the individual needs of each of his clients.
Sheldon Lavin has expanded OSI Group over the years both through organic growth and by buying other companies in the industry. For example, in 1996 he bought Moy Park in the United Kingdom which at the time was one of the largest poultry processors in that nation. He also bought Amick Farms in 2006 which was an American vertically integrated poultry business.
In more recent years, Sheldon Lavin was heavily involved when OSI Group purchased Baho Foods in Europe and Flagship Europe in the UK. These purchases were completed in 2016. At the time he said that their products meshed very nicely with what his company was already offering clients. He also acquired Hynek Schlachthof GmBH of Germany in 2017 which had been a privately held company. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin Receives Global Visionary Award
As an environmentally responsible leader, green innovation at OSI Group is a priority. His company is committed to reducing any negative impacts that its business activities may have upon the environment, in the soil, water, and air. He is also committed to being socially responsible and so has made many donations over the years to various charities such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Sheldon Lavin, Chairman And CEO Of OSI Group, LLC