Sheldon Lavin has been the CEO of OSI Group since the 1970’s. He is an innovator with the vision of marketing sustainable food production. His belief in the economic and environmental value of using cutting edge technology in the food production to process has been the catalyst behind the company’s phenomenal growth. The corporation has grown from the corner butcher shop in West Side Chicago to one of the world’s largest food producing corporations. Read more on patch.com
Lavin’s vision was for a way to mass produce meats that would cause the least harm to the environment, while protecting the food product during long distance travel in the U.S. and abroad. Under his leadership, OSI Group was the first to begin the flash freeze process. Flash freezing occurs when liquid nitrogen is used to freeze meat patties quickly and have it last for long journeys, while protecting the integrity of the food product. The process of flash freezing, sometimes called blast freezing, uses extremely low temperatures to freeze food quickly with very cold air. The cold air circulates the food and prevents moisture from getting through to the product during thawing.
Lavin established a profitable relationship with McDonald’s Corporation which continues for decades. The OSI Group also formulated relationships with other restaurant corporations including Burger King and Subway. These relationships cultivated significant profits for the food producer. The expansions continued with relationships with other corporations including other beef and poultry producers, gourmet restaurant distributors, and other food producers.
Sheldon Lavin took his vision for sustainable food production global and increased the family owned business to worldwide food production business model. The OSI Group currently operates in over 17 countries, has over 60 production plants, and more than twenty thousand employees. The OSI Group is recognized as a world leader in sustainable food production.