Two years ago, Aurora, Illinois-based food supplier OSI Group purchased Flagship Europe, which has since been renamed Creative Foods Europe. Last year, the company opened a new processing facility in The Philippines. OSI now boasts 65 facilities in 17 different countries, making it not only one of the largest privately owned companies in the United States, but one of the largest value added food suppliers in the world. All this is happening under the leadership of President David McDonald.
McDonald has worked for OSI for more than 30 years. Growing up on a farm in Iowa, he attended Iowa State University, where he earned degree in animal science. After his graduation in 1987, David McDonald was hired by OSI Group as a project manager. From there, he worked his way up to the President’s position, and has made OSI more and more successful over the years.
OSI has produced numerous food products in order to satisfy a wide range of tastes and cultures. At the same time, they have crafted foods in such a way as to make them affordable, reduce preparation time, and improve on food safety. Because of this, many top restaurants and brand name food companies rely on OSI as their supplier. Because of the growth of the company’s facilities around the world, their staff and workers have the opportunity to come up with even more unique foods and flavors for their clients and customers. McDonald has also helped OSI become a more environmentally responsible company, as demonstrated by its plant in Toledo, Spain. Thanks to new equipment used in food processing there, the facility has seen a 20 percent reduction in its electricity usage.
Along with being President of OSI Group, David McDonald also stays active with his alma mater. He donates to Iowa State’s scholarship fund and has set up internships for students at the school.
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