For President David McDonald of OSI Group, even a multinational food company has to keep it local, whether it’s in the sustainability of what’s being raised or the tastes and preferences of the customers expecting to like what they unwrap.
From its headquarters in Aurora, IL, OSI Group and its executive team oversee a vast network of over 50 facilities in 17 countries, including both suppliers and manufacturers. Those companies bring sandwiches and pizza to major retail brands, and supply value-added protein items like sausages and beef patties to consumers. It is a delicate balance of the local and the global, and now OSI is looking to expand into the Chinese market.
According to relationshipscience.com OSI has been growing with China for the past twenty years, and already has eight factories and two new ones being built, making them the largest poultry supplier in China. They provide the ingredients for meals served at multinational chains such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, Burger King, and Subway.
China is the largest and fastest growing market in the world, and that means there are many mouths hungry for food. OSI plans to grow and meet that demand with its new production facilities, including a new mega-factory in Hanan Province. In January, OSI Group announced that they will be opening a new feed mill in Shandong Province capable producing up to 600,000 metric tons of feed, making it one of the largest mills in the country.
David McDonald graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Animal Science and has a long career in the meat industry. As President and COO of the OSI Group, he oversees a multinational company with many local food flavors and regulations. He is also the Immediate Past Chairman of The North American Meat Institute. As part of his role at OSI, he is also the chairman of two of their subsidiaries in Brazil and Australia.
David McDonald has been behind OSI’s focus on sustainability, including an annual report that they create on how their operations are setting and meeting different sustainability goals. With so much growth happening, sustainability becomes even more important.
Learn more about David McDonald on medium.com.