OSI Food Solutions is an international firm with one of its facilities located in Toledo, Spain. This facility processes chicken, beef, and pork that is delivered to restaurants and grocery stores across Spain and Portugal. This company headquarters is just outside of Chicago, Illinois. The managing director of their Spanish operations is José María del Río. He said that demand for chicken in Spain and Portugal has been steadily increasing for the past decade. In order to meet this demand their Toledo facility needed to be expanded which cost this company €17 million.
The biggest improvement was the introduction of a high-capacity production line José María del Río said. This doubled the amount of chicken they could deliver to their customers. They can now supply 45,000 tons of total meat a year with 24,000 of that being processed chicken. He said that they increased their workforce at this plant to 140 employees from 120.
OSI Food Solutions also added 22,600 square feet of space to the facility. There is a new production hall as well as a new area to receive their supplies and ship out their products. Among other additions they also added a new testing and development kitchen. This kitchen is being used to test out new recipes and otherwise provide food solutions to their customers.
To meet growing demand OSI Food Solutions has expanded in other ways as well. One example of this took place in June 2016 when it was announced that this company was buying a facility in Chicago that Tyson Foods owned and was planning on shutting down. They had already laid off 230 of their 480 employees when this deal was finalized. A spokeswoman for OSI Food Solutions, Caroline Ahn, stated that most of these remaining employees had been given jobs by her company. The cost of this deal was announced as being $7.4 million.
One of the big focuses at OSI Food Solutions is on environmental responsibility. This commitment to the environment led to this company being honored with the Globe of Honour Award in the United Kingdom. The British Safety Council conducted a year-long audit of OSI Food Solutions to make sure they were environmentally responsible at each step that it takes to process and send food. This award was given to representatives of the company in November 2016. This event was held at Drapers’ Hall which is a prestigious building in London.
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