One thing that is commonly said is that even multinational companies are local in nature. No company can use the same approach for every market when things are so different when comparing places like the United States, China, and Europe. Many factors come into play including government regulations and cultural nuances that need to be respected. Another thing that companies involved in the food industry need to address on a local basis is differences in taste buds as people in different cultures appreciate different flavors.
One company in the food industry that tackles issues like this is OSI Group, LLC. They sell processed food products around the world. Their President, David McDonald, has said that even though this company is global in nature they have in place local management teams to handle each market in which it operates. He said that although OSI Group has the power of operating on a global scale the efficiency they operate under is due to working on a local level.
Based in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Group in one of the largest privately held companies in the world. They create processed food which is sold to their customers, which are restaurant and grocery store chains. They supply a large variety of food, although their specialty is with value-added protein products. Beyond that they supply pizza, sandwiches, condiments, dressings, and much more beyond that.
In 2016, OSI Group expanded its presence in the Chicago area. Tyson Foods had a 200,000 square foot food processing plant which they were closing. OSI Group took the opportunity to purchase this facility, although how much they paid wasn’t publicly revealed. The purchase resulted in most of the employees that were to lose their jobs instead being hired by OSI Group.
Over the years OSI Group has won many awards due to its environmental stewardship and care for the environment. In 2016 they received the Globe of Honour Award. This was given to them by the British Safety Council which handed this award out to only 18 businesses that year. The award was given due to their management of environmental risks.
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