A leader in the production and distribution of food products is OSI Group, a privately held American company. The Illinois based organization has its own production plants and offices in 17 countries. The President and Chief Operating Officer of the company is David McDonald, whose global leadership responsibilities include leading a staff of 20,000 employees worldwide.
David McDonald graduated from Iowa State University. After his schooling was completed, he went to work for OSI Group. He has been with them for over 30 years. Over the years, he held several positions at the company, leading up to his current role.
OSI Group distributes its products to many of the major food chains, including Burger King, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, and Starbucks. Its product line is primarily, although not entirely, protein based. In addition to beef, pork, chicken, and seafood, it also distributes products such as vegetables, fruits, and pizza dough to its customers.
In 2016, the company acquired Baho Food, a Dutch company which manufactures and distributes its food products to food service companies, as well as to retail food chains in Europe. The following statement from David McDonald details some of the positive impact expected in the European market, as a result of the Baho Food acquisition. He said “The company’s portfolio of products and brands complements OSI’s current processing strengths while broadening our capabilities to best serve the evolving needs of our customers,”
OSI Group has operated in China for over 20 years. It is a rapidly growing market for the company, and OSI Group is the countrys’ primary poultry distributor. Demand has been such, that OSI has plans for 2 new facilities to open there, joining the 9 facilities already in operation. In regard to OSI Groups’ future in the Chinese market, David McDonald OSI Group stated “It continues to be the largest growing consumer market in the world and so it has the power of population, but that population is growing more affluent, as well. We have some great customers in China who are experiencing tremendous growth and we want to keep up with them.”