Executive David McDonald Talks About The Expansion Of OSI Group

As the president and chief operating officer of OSI Group David McDonald business operations and global supply chain. His processes value-added food products which are sold to supermarkets and restaurants. OSI Group is a multinational privately held firm and is one of the largest ones in its industry.

One project he recently oversaw was the upgrading and expansion of their food processing facility located in Toledo, Ohio. David McDonald says that demand for chicken has been spiking over the last decade in both Spain and Portugal, the two nations this facility supplies food to. As a result of this upgrade, which cost €17 million, they were able to double the amount of chicken they can process annually to 24,000 tons. He said another thing they added during this upgrade was a new kitchen where they can test out new recipes in order to better serve customers and adapt to changing tastes.

Another thing that David McDonald was happy with about this upgrade is that another 20 employees were added. He said that, additionally, this upgrade made OSI Group’s facility there even more sustainable than it had already been. Despite producing more food each year the plant’s energy consumption dropped by 20 percent due to more efficient equipment being installed. They also put in place a cogeneration system which means that they can recover more waste heat and use that to power the plant as well.

OSI Group also has facilities in Australia. They recently merged with Turi Foods in that nation, creating Turosi Pty. Ltd. This is a shared ownership situation which has food processing plants throughout Victoria. David McDonald said that both his company and Turi Foods had built solid reputations in Australia and both companies shared similar cultures. He saw the merging of the two companies as something that had big potential to serve their customers in creative new ways. The new company is based in Thomastown and has facilities in Broadmeadows, Victoria; Blacktown, New South Wales; and Eagle Farm, Queensland. They also own and manage a number of farming operations across the Australian state of Victoria.

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