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Mark Holyoake is often sought out for his insight on private equity investments and residential and commercial real estate trends. He is the owner of Oakvest Holdings, which has been focusing on private equity investment in the food sector industry since 2010. The fund also works in real estate acquisitions.

Holyoake was recently interviewed for IdeaMensch to share some of his insights on what it takes to develop a successful fund and how he broke into the food industry. His background in business is quite impressive and includes his investment in Iceland’s oldest and largest seafood markets about a decade ago. He was able to provide the funding and resources that were needed to keep the company afloat and help it to thrive. This was a significant move in terms of saving jobs and spurring economic growth given the importance of the seafood industry in that region. Holyoake has enjoyed additional success in other food sector investments throughout Europe.

When asked about his pursuits outside of his private fund, Holyoake says that his primary goal is to spend as much quality time with his family (a wife and three daughters) as possible. He also makes time to read insightful books. Holyoake is particularly drawn to anything written by the founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma. The best advice that Holyoake says he has to offer to other budding entrepreneurs is to be prepared to fail and not let it deter them from pursuing great business ideas. He also thinks that it is important to surround yourself with talented people who can be trusted to make difficult decisions. Being able to trust partners and employees with responsibility is the key to an entrepreneur having enough time and energy to clearly think through important strategic decisions for the long-term growth of the business. Click here to learn more


OSI Food Solutions opened it’s doors in 1909. The company provides a variety of meat, fruit and vegetable as well as cheese products, and has been awarded the status of One of America’s Top 100 Food Companies. It is a food processing company that operates in many countries with vast amounts of facilities and is based out of Aurora. The company has an impressive record of safety and is known to be very environmentally- conscious. At this time, the company is seeing a period of tremendous expansion with continued growth and procurement of properties and facilities. These investments will secure OSI Food Solution’s position as the premier choice in food.

The Acquisition of Tyson Food Plant

The Chicago Tyson Food Plant was recently bought by OSI Food Solutions for nearly seven and a half million dollars. It affected the area’s economy poorly when Tyson’s operations slowed. It is positive for the local community that this facility is now maintained as open, since hundreds of employees from the surrounding area still are able to make their livelihood there.

Expansion as Flagship Europe is Purchased

OSI Food Solutions achieved their goal of having a broader customer base with the acquisition of Flagship Europe. Flagship Europe deals in various food products including desserts and poultry and has a huge influence in England. The products are also widely distributed in other European countries, meaning that OSI Food Solutions has greatly expanded their horizons for a continued highly profitable future.

It is obvious that OSI Food Solutions is expanding due to outstanding service and a corporate culture of high ideals. The purchase of Tyson Food Plant is evidence of this exemplary commitment to seeking out value for the customer. Also, Flagship Europe is now on board to further provide the highest grade of quality product possible anywhere.

OSI Industries Steady Growth from a Butcher Shop to a Leading Food Providers Globally

OSI Industries recently completed the merger with Turi Foods which will now be known as Turosi Pty Ltd. Turi Foods and OSL believe that their shared partnership will enable the organization to share their expertise to create a world-class food solution group since their cultures are similar. Based in Thomas town, Turi food owns several facilities across the state of Victoria. The firm offers supply services to supermarkets, quick service restaurants and it specializes in chicken retailers, roast chicken outlets, and butcher shops. It is one of the largest poultry processors in Australia.

President David G McDonald stated that the merger between the two industries would bring incredible potential to serve their clients in a new innovative approach. He also added that they would be able to offer more opportunities with their shared teams to shine together in their new organizations. Currently, OSI is one of the biggest food providers globally. It has expanded its presence internationally and still evolving its economy. The company operates in 17 countries with 65 facilities and 20,000 personnel. It rose from a humble beginning to become a significant corporate company in the history of America economy.

The founder of OSI Industries, Otto Kolschowsky was a member of the thriving German-immigrant in the 20th century. During the time, Chicago was the center of industry and entry point of immigrants who had a mission to establish farms. Two years after his arrival in the United States, Otto started a butcher shop and a small retail meat market to serve his community. He worked hard in the business, and within a decade, the industry had expanded to become a wholesale company. Within another decade, he rebranded the company and named it Otto & Sons in 1928. In 1975, he changed the name to OSI industries to codify the 75 years of operation from a family meat shop to an advanced technologically operating firm.

OSI Industries has a lengthy history of technology innovation; superior client relations and a timely recognition of growth opportunities that made a butcher shop develop to become one of the leading food providers in the world. OSI Group acquires Baho Food

 

The foodservice industry spans from one continent to the next. There are great food suppliers and there are not so great food suppliers. OSI Group, an American-based food supplier, is the cream-of-the-crop when it comes to this particular industry. This megacorporation spans across the world into 17 different countries. It is made-up of test kitchens, pilot plants, general offices and culinary-innovation centers. Over 20,000 employees earn a decent living here and the company is always seeking ambitious-minded individuals. OSI Group is basically the quintessential foodservice supplier as it covers management, development, sourcing, processing and distribution. Each and every base has been covered, which has helped to boost the company’s productivity.

Cutting-edge technology has played a major role in the company’s success. OSI Group has up to 65 working facilities in all, and these facilities are full of technological advancements such as flash-freezing components and high-capacity production lines. You won’t find another food supplier with this much clout. Consumer-driven products are the norm here and OSI utilizes its strengths to get ahead. By using cryogenics, the company has been able to transport it meats across vast distances. Thanks to the flash-freezing capabilities, the meats will remain fresh during the entire tenure. Burger King, Yum, Pizza Hut, Subway and KFC have all been associated with OSI.

The company also has a plethora of high-capacity production lines. Thanks to their proficient attributes, the company has been able to double its production of food products. In some cases, OSI has been able to triple its production of food products and that speaks volumes. This company can provide the benefits of:

  • Product Ideation
  • Shelf Life Studies
  • Cost Reduction
  • Duplication
  • New Product Development
  • And more

The sky is the limit for OSI Group. Sheldon Lavin, CEO of the company, has done a phenomenal job of leading the company into the future. In the end, this foodservice supplier may go down as the best to have ever done it.