When OSI Group McDonalds was chosen as the supplier of food products for the Olympic Village during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it highlighted the company’s growing influence not only in the Chinese food market but also its soaring global brand. OSI Group’s metamorphosis from a family-owned corner butchery into a global leader in the value-added food products is the product of strategic marketing and partnerships. One such collaboration that played a vital role in the growth and development of the company’s fortunes and brand is the century-old symbiotic partnership it has with the fast food giant, McDonald’s. Even with technological revolution sweeping across the food processing such cryogenic food processing, the partnership has held steady with both partners reaping big. Read this article at Gazette to know more
One of the longest business partnership globally, OSI Group McDonald’s relationship began in 1955, just over four decades after Otto Kolschowsky had founded OSI Group McDonalds. The partnership was necessitated by McDonald’s move to open a new outlet in Des Plaines, Illinois. By this time, OSI Group’s reputation for high-quality meat and meat products was growing fast, and the company had opened new operations in new locations in Illinois in addition to Oak Park where it started. The Group easily became one of McDonald’s suppliers of meat and processed meat products.
Partnership beyond Illinois
When Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s franchise in Des Plaines took over McDonald’s, the relationship between Kroc and Otto Kolschowsky’s grew further and became even more personal. Also as McDonald’s franchise grew with the opening of new franchises and restaurants all over the country, OSI Group McDonalds adopted new technologies and ramped up its production capacity to meet the ever-growing demand for McDonald’s signature meat-based meals such as hamburger. The partnership continued with McDonald’s expansion to new markets overseas including China where the Group became the supplier choice for other fast food companies such as Subway and Burger King among others. To further cement its partnership with McDonald’s globally while also increasing its presence, OSI Group McDonalds has entered into other strategic alliances and business deals including the purchase of Baho Foods and Flagship Europe. Additionally, the company has formed mergers with other companies. These partnerships have enabled the company to expand its product range to suit it better client base including McDonald’s.
Leadership is the core controller of an organization. With excellent leadership, an organization is set to expand its operations to better levels. Only a good leader can grow a firm to excellence. That explains the story of David McDonald, a lead executive at OSI Group. David McDonald has been at OSI Group for more than ten years. He holds an important leadership position that OSI Group has thrived on. David’s journey has not been easy. He harbors excellence and stellar reputation. His character depicts commitment.
David’s Journey to OSI Group
David McDonald holds a special position at OSI Group. He owes this to his academic credentials and experiences. David’s experience in leadership defines his ability to move the company to international service and production. He has vast knowledge in holding various positions. He has been part of the global production for years. David has increased the firm’s visibility in many ways. He has also attracted many investors that have contributed to OSI’s growth. David McDonald believes in team work. He has always advocated for teams and their input in the business. He believes that with strong teams, a lot can be done.
OSI Goes Global
OSI Group began production at a boutique level. With time, it garnered sufficient materials and resources that elevated it to international level. In China, OSI Group was in charge of food supply at the Beijing Olympics. The company received positive feedback from clients. With the assistance of David McDonald, OSI Group acquired Baho Foods. This was another expansion strategy that the company managed because of excellent leadership. The business has now taken an international position in order to supply products to large markets.
The Input of David McDonald
McDonald’s input crops from his knowledge. He was a student at the prominent Iowa StateUniversity. With an experience that borders 30 years, he has been moving the company to even, better, production platforms. His roles are appended to expansion. He runs the company with expansion as the key agenda. David owes his appointment as chairman to his experiences. He has been able to serve as a board member as well. His input is unmatched.
OSI Group has been trending on global expansion. David McDonald speaks a lot about the availability of resources to further the expansion. To David, international production is no longer an issue for OSI Group. It is possible because of the availability of good leadership and sufficient resources.