OSI Group CEO Sheldon Lavin: An Award-Winning Food Industry Executive

Accountant, investor and former banker Sheldon Lavin is having a significant impact on the international food processing industry. As CEO of the OSI Group, he has led his company to become China’s largest poultry producer. Lavin has also build about 70 food processing plants in a dozen and a half countries worldwide. When people in 85 countries on five continents go to the supermarket or out to eat, chances are high they are getting foods Sheldon Lavin’s company produced. And Lavin continues to expand the customer base of his company in the U.S. and worldwide by building and acquiring additional food processing facilities.

In Europe, Sheldon Lavin acquired frozen poultry, specialty desserts and condiments manufacturer Flagship Europe, which has its headquarters in the United Kingdom. He also purchased Dutch food manufacturing company Baho Foods. Add that to the production facilities Lavin built in Hungary, Spain, Germany and Poland and the OSI Group is providing food for people in two dozen European countries. Lavin also has food processing plants in California, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois in the United States and purchased Amick Farms on the East Coast and a former Tyson Foods facility on Chicago’s south side. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin receives Global Visionary Award.

Since Sheldon Lavin took control of the OSI Group almost 40 years ago, he has taken the former Chicago area meat market global and expanded its product offerings to include vegetable, dough, poultry and fish products. His company also produces tasty, nutritious, innovative specially designed foods for people of diverse cultures. But even as the company expands dramatically, Lavin has created forward-thinking production practices that ensure worker and food safety and award-winning environmental management. The British Safety Council is so impressed with Lavin’s production methods, it awarded the company their Globe of Honor on three different occasions.

While building his company into a global food processing industry leader, Sheldon Lavin has also given generously of his time and resources to help a wide array of organizations. He is a major contributor to Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago and the family charity the Sheba Foundation. He was also a National Fish & Wildlife Foundation director and a Rush University Medical Center general trustee. The 86 year old Lavin is a loving husband and father, a caring employer and an internationally respected business executive. His impact on the global food processing industry over the past 40 years has been immense.

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