The OSI Group did not began its international growth until the 1980s when they made Sheldon Lavin the chairman and chief executive officer. What made this move so key for the OSI Group is because of Mr. Sheldon Lavin’s vast knowledge as an investor and executive banker. He had different relationships with different brands all across the globe. So his plan was not only to be centered around being the main supplier of patties to McDonald’s Corporation but he had always had the plans to venture into other food sectors as well. Once Sheldon Lavin implemented his plan of international growth the plan eventually went on autopilot and the growth still continues to this day. The OSI Group currently has a total of 6.1 billion dollars in sales and is currently 58th on the Forbes list of one of the biggest companies in the United States.
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Sheldon Lavin first began the growth of the OSI Group by performing joint ventures with different companies in Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Poland, and Hungry. This initial push for the expansion of the company was started during the 1980s going into the early 1990s. What are the biggest expansion moves that was done by the OSI Group was the partnership that it made with a food company by the name of K&K Foods in Taiwan. K&K Foods was one of the biggest food dealers in Asia. After this partnership was made OSI Group officially put its stamp on the Asia-Pacific market and this is when OSI Asia-Pacific was born. The company then just continued to establish manufacturing plants and partnerships in different parts of Asia, such as in the Philippines and also in China.
One of the most prominent moves that Sheldon Lavin and the OSI Group made was the investment in the Chinese economy. This economy has grown so much that it can be labeled as a little America because you can find American companies such as Papa John’s, Starbucks, Burger King, and Subway in China. This investment opened the doors for the OSI Group to supply these restaurants with their food products both in the United States and in China.