OSI Industries recently celebrated a century of active involvement in the global meat market. In marking this lifetime achievement, the company’s top leadership led by the chief executive officer and chairman, Sheldon Lavin, took to celebrating the milestones that the food processor has covered. Key among them was the inclusion of the company on the list of top ten meat distributors around the world. However, the essential takeaway from this was the role constant innovation has played in making the brand a success. The company particularly hails innovativeness in the following areas as key to its constituted sustainability:
Innovative food processing techniques
Did you know that OSI Industries was one of the first food processing companies in the world to embrace the flash freezing food preservation technique? The company welcomed the method in the 1960s and would use it to cut down on operational costs while diverting the spared resources towards the expansion of business operations. Today, the company continues playing an industry-leadership role when it comes to coming up with innovative food processing and distribution techniques.
By the time OSI Industries, formerly known as Otto and Sons Food Company, engaged the services of Sheldon Lavin as a financial consultant, the company was almost going under. Several operational and financial challenges pinned it down, limiting is expansionary goals while crippling its production capacity. Otto’s sons would, however, partner with Sheldon in embracing a raft of operational measures that saw it regain optimal production at minimal cost and set sight on international markets.
Adoption of technology
The fact that most of the company’s activities are labor intensive implies that OSI has to continually deal with high production costs that eat into its profitability. In addressing this issue, the company resulted to the adoption of cutting-edge technology in all its facilities as well as the digitization of the production and distribution processes. This helped tame the runaway operation costs while guaranteeing operational efficiency.
Continued innovation and adoption of new techniques and technologies by OSI Industries management has played a significant role in promoting the sustainability of the food company. It has not only helped the OSI brand succeed but continues to help it establish a foothold in the global meat market.