Sheldon Lavin’s Career Journey and Success at OSI Group

Sheldon Lavin’s early life was focused on conquering the financial industry. As a young boy, he was enthusiastic and focused on learning how financial institutions worked. He was convinced that his input would helpmany companies succeed. Lavin was dedicated to this dream. His aim to become a financial consultant saw him enroll for an economics degree in campus. Lavin dived straight into the field after his graduation. With dedication, hard work,
and natural talent, the young financial expert soon curved a market for himself. This helped him found his own financial consulting firm. Through the company, he was providing companies with advice on various financial aspects such as loans, structuring, acquisitions, and merger.

In 1970, Mr. Otto approached the financial expert to organized financing for his company, Otto & Sons. The entrepreneur needed the financing to help his company expand its operations and effectively satisfy the needs of McDonald’s Corporation. It had been contracted by the restaurant chain to supply it with hamburgers. Although Sheldon Lavin was reluctant to help the company, Otto convinced him. He then successfully organized the financing for the small firm. McDonald’s Corporation was extremely pleased with his success.

Lavin continued to work closely with the meat processing company. During this period, Otto & Sons enjoyed growth and good returns on their investments. However, the company soon ran into the challenge of handling oversea investments as it expanded together with McDonald’s. The managers at McDonald’s believed that the best way to handle the problem was to bring in Sheldon Lavin into the business. The company managed to convince the financial consultant to join the meat processing company. Lavin joined Otto & Sons as the third partner with Otto’s sons. Otto himself retired from the company. This moved helped the company to have a partner with extensive financial sector knowledge and experience.

Following the new partnership, Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI Group. Under the new brand, the company gained exponential growths. Sheldon Lavin was working towards ensuring the company became global and curved a market share for itself. Over the last 43 years, this dream has seen the company open over 80 facilities in at least 17 countries. This has been accompanied by the growth of employees in OSI Group’s payroll from a few dozens to over 20,000 employees globally.

In early 90s, Sheldon Lavin decided to push towards taking total control of the company. He managed to negotiate a deal with Otto’s two sons who sold their shares to the financial expert. With 100% control of the company, the Chief Executive Officer was now in the position to implement his global expansion plan fully. Total control also meant his ideas could be implemented much faster than ever before. Following his success at OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin has received several awards. One of these is the Global Visionary Award he was awarded by India’s vision World Academy in 2016. The award honored his visionary leadership at OSI.

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OSI Group: Company Overview

From 1909, when OSI Group opened its first butcher shop in Chicago, they have maintained their commitment to their client’s success. For this reason, so many brands around the world consider them a leading food provider. The company uses solutions that deliver valued, quality and streamlined methods while optimizing costs as well.

With a worldwide presence, they make products with standard touch. OSI’s global partners are deeply rooted in the standard market experience as well as communities. This had made them understand the needs of consumers and they satisfy these needs with effective solutions.

OSI Group’s worldwide networks allow consumers to access their worldwide supply chain, leading to greater cost saving and financial flexibility.

Despite their great size – with production facilities around the globe – OSI Group is held privately and thus operate as a small company. They work closely with their consumers to provide complete satisfaction. They have been consistent in this aspect over 2 decades.

Products Offered by OSI Group

OSI Group has remained a leading brand because their products appeal to people of different ages. Whether it is snacks, side dishes entrées, desserts, breakfasts or lunches, consumers have not lacked any of these.

Their products include:

  • Breakfast sausage
  • Bacon
  • Raw chicken
  • Hot dogs and specialty sausage
  • Fully processed chicken
  • Cooked beef and pork
  • Fresh frozen and cooked beef patties
  • Sandwich assembly
  • Pizza and dough-based products
  • Kettle and smoked products


OSI Group works with its consumers to create customized products according to their specifications. They also work together to create, design and supply solutions that will help their consumers handle difficult challenges. OSI’s worldwide network of production facilities and standard expertise provides an unequal range of products capabilities to suit the needs of their consumers.

They’ve also created a wide range of processes that can are used to create large varieties of products, from raw to fully cooked products. They have maintained their leading status for over two decades to the chagrin of their competitors. They have succeeded by continuing to evaluate and make improvements to their processes. This has called for a continuous addition of new methods and equipment to boost their service delivery.

If a client’s product needs a process, they don’t have. Currently, they commit their staff and resources to ensuring that the needs are met.

The Capabilities Include:

  • Processing Capabilities
  • Fresh and frozen
  • Raw, ready-to-cook and fully cooked
  • Individually quick frozen (IQF)
  • Ground and formed patties, meatballs, nuggets, and skinless links
  • Whole muscle filets, strips, cubes and slices
  • Extrusion, co-extrusion, enrobed
  • Portioning, slicing and stacking.

Cooking Technologies:

  • Battered and breaded
  • Marination, rubbing and sprinkling
  • Impingement, infrared and microwave
  • Injection smoking and smoke houses
  • Spiral steam and hot oil frying
  • Browning, searing, and char marking
  • Jacketed kettle with agitation.

Packaging Capabilities:

  • Retail pack
  • Single portion retail packs to bulk packs
  • Foodservice pack
  • Vertical form, fill and seal
  • MAP (modified atmosphere)
  • Automatic cartoning
  • Overwrap
  • Collating
  • Interleaving

Related: OSI Food Solutions UK Awarded 2016 Globe of Honour by the British Safety Council