Impossible Foods recently announced that its enormously popular meat-free food product, the Impossible Burger, is being made available in more than 100 grocery stores in several East Coast states. This follows a similar availability for supermarkets in key southern California locations.
This may not seem like a big deal since food companies place their products on store shelves as a matter of routine. But just a few months ago, buying the Impossible Burger in a grocery store would have been, well, impossible.
That’s because the Redwood City, California, company was falling seriously behind in production. The skyrocketing popularity of the plant-based faux meat product caught everyone by surprise. Soring sales in more than 10,000 restaurants kept the Impossible Foods manufacturing facility in Oakland running 24-hours with workers pulling 12-hour shifts – and that was just to supply restaurant customers.
The fact that the Impossible Burger is now heading to grocery store shelves is probably the result of Impossible Foods’ recently deal with OSI Group of Chicago to help with manufacturing. OSI Group is one of the largest food and meat processors in the world and renowned for being the No. 1 supplier of McDonalds.
OSI Group is a more-than-a-century-old firm that has experienced rapid growth since the 1970s thanks to its relationship with McDonalds. Today it maintains more than 65 facilities in 17 nations. Its infrastructure and production capacity are enormous, as is its advanced food processing expertise. The ability to crank out millions of units per day combined with cutting-edge processing technology was just what Impossible Foods needed to solve its intractable production dilemma.
OSI Group said it will manufacture the Impossible Burger is one of its Chicago locations and expand to other Midwest facilities as demand indicates.
Impossible Foods conducted an exhaustive search and vetting process before opting to select OSI as a manufacturing provider. It was not an easy decision because of the highly proprietary and even secretive nature of the formula for making the plant-based meat substitute. The stellar reputation of OSI Group and its commitment to sustainability were key factors in the decision by Impossible Foods to choose them as a partner.
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Impossible Foods began its food science research and development project to find the perfect plant based burger in 2011. It set up its headquarters in Redwood City and started looking for all the ideal plant-based ingredients that would produce a burger that had all the qualities of a beef burger but without beef. After many years of intense research and experimentation, it arrived at the exact combination of plant-based ingredients that formed its perfect Impossible Burger. The Impossible Burger look, tasted, cooked, and bled like a burger, but it remained 100% plant-based. Impossible Foods was very enthusiastic about showing its Impossible Burger to the world and debuted the Impossible Burger, a David Chang’s Momofuku Nishi restaurant in New York City.
The debuted event took place in the Summer of 2016, and by the beginning of 2019, more than 10,000 orders had accumulated that were being filled for the Impossible Burger at Impossible Foods 67,000 square foot production facility in Oakland. By mid-2019, the rules had become so many that Impossible Foods made a co-production agreement with the 113-year legend in meat packing, OSI Group. OSI Group has been producing best McDonalds burgers since Roy Kroc selected OSI Group to be its sole meat-packer since 1955. OSI Group is now in 17 countries and 65 international locations. The number of people that OSI Group employs is 20,000. OSI manufactured an exact copy of the Impossible Foods production facility in its Chicago plant, which produces parallel to the Impossible Foods production facility and now brings all of his distribution network and history of excellent service to bringing the Impossible Burger to thousands of food-purveyors and restaurants.
According to Shateel Shah, speaking about the co-production agreement between the two companies said, it was pleased to work alongside the legendary company and hoped to learn from its innovations and service since 1909 when it first began in Deer Park, a Chicago suburb. Recently Impossible Foods increased its orders when Burger King launched the Impossible Whopper nationwide in 7,500 of its restaurants, bringing the demand for the Impossible Burger. Impossible Foods recently were approved by the FDA to place the Impossible Burger in large and small grocery stores, which means the Impossible Burger will, in the future, be available in more retail stores across America. Click here.
In late July Impossible Foods made a deal with the food manufacturing company OSI Group. The need for alternative meats has reached an all time high and to keep up the demand this deal had to happen to stay ahead. OSI Group is known for their deal with McDonalds. The OSI Group has been working on the Impossible Burger which is based out of the west suburbs of Chicago to help with the demand for plant-based burgers. President of Impossible Foods say that the OSI Group will help double production soon and quadruple by the end of 2019. Earlier in the year Woodside and Impossible foods thought about not partnering with any one but quickly thought against it and realized they need help.
With this deal the idea is to never have a shortage of burgers again. Other chain companies such as Burger King, White Castle, Qdoba, and others have jumped on the plant based meat bandwagon which has cause a shortage of Impossible Burgers. McDonalds however associated with OSI Group, has taken the wait and see method for these plant-based burgers. Nestle and Tyson are two other leading food suppliers that are working on their own plant-based meat as well.
Impossible Burger’s Senior Vice President of Productions indicated that a deal with McDonalds could be in the works but isn’t there yet. On top of the new deal, Impossible Foods was just received a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) letter. This came from the United States Food and Drug Administration for their ingredient soy leg-hemoglobin. This will allow them to sell their meat at retails stores all over the country. With a GRAS letter and a new deal, it seems that Impossible Foods will have a big impact on the future of chain restaurants and their most popular burgers as well as retail stores.
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Impossible Foods Co-Production Agreement
Since the debut of its Impossible Burger in mid-2016 Impossible Foods has received a growing demand for its Impossible Burger. The request has become more significant to meet as the Impossible Burger has gathered a larger and larger interest among consumers and fast-food purveyors. Recently Impossible Foods reached a co-production agreement with 100-year veteran meatpacker OSI to become its signature co-producer of choice for its Impossible Burger.
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Impossible Foods Co-Producer
OSI Group is known for its association with a host of food restaurants, but most notably its long history with McDonalds franchises. Sheetal Shah speaking for Impossible Foods confirmed its readiness to meet all demands for the Impossible Burger. The legendary OSI will now assist with co-production as well as the distribution of its Impossible Burger. Impossible Foods will have a full production facility located in one of OSI Group’ Chicago plants. Sheetal Shah confirmed the new production facility is very close to an exact production of its Oakland Impossible Burger production Facility. OSI Group will manage the new production facility with high security. Only designated Impossible Foods employees will be allowed inside the Impossible Burger production facility. The new production facility will require strict anti-contamination measures to keep the all plant based materials from contact with toxic substances or microscopic bacteria.
OSI Group Innovation
OSI was one of the first food packing group to freeze frozen or flash freeze. OSI leads the food industry forward. The OSI had its origins in Deer Park a small suburb of Chicago. Otto Kolkovsky and sons came to America as German immigrants and landed in Chicago. Otto and Sons opened their first meat production facility in 1909. By 1955 when Ray Kroc was going international with his McDonalds franchises, he asked OSI to be his meatpacker of choice. OSI has continued to grow in its relationship with McDonalds over 65 years.
Going Anywhere and Everywhere
The co-production agreement with Impossible Foods will allow OSI to assist Impossible Foods to keep up with the growing demand for its Impossible Burger. Shateel Shah is confident that Impossible Foods can go anywhere and everywhere with the help of OSI.
The modern business industry is filled with great ideas and ambitious individual who bring those dreams to reality. There is an abundant amount of money flowing from pocket to pocket, and country to country around the world. The globalized economy brings together the world under a common theme of success. Sheldon Lavin is a figure who has been pushing for this outcome from the food industry. His appearance marked the beginning of a new era for OSI Group, and the world at large. The website Patch recently published a story about his industry reforms.
OSI Group has reached a status like few other companies in history, but the journey to reach this point is just as compelling. It all began in 1909 when an immigrant from Germany had to make the toughest decision of his life. He could go with the flow to live out his ordinary days, or make an entirely new future for himself by his own hands. He choose the later option which came in the form of a Meat shop. Chicago was already showing signs of life during this time period, and he quickly made a splash on the local economy. Despite the numerous changes both for the business and outside factors, each step was carefully planned out.
By the second half of the 20th century, the economy was beginning to show signs of merging into one entity. First Ray Kroc brought a new fast food chain to the table, and this idea quickly spread into a worldwide phenomenon. At the same time, Sheldon Lavin had been brought into the team at OSI Gorup. He was tasked with managing funds during this period of expansion. The work Sheldon Lavin performed became so pivotal that he was promoted to CEO of the company. It would mark the beginning of an internal upheaval in how business practices were conducted.
Sheldon Lavin established the company’s approach to it 21st century. Global expansion, internal stability, and trend setting were the key pillars. His era was going to be one that flipped the company into a new chapter of its life.
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For months now Impossible Foods has experienced shortages. The shortage comes from a lack of supplies to create their popular plant based burger. This burger is called the Impossible Burger. They have been in desperate need for more supplies and equipment to help fulfill production to end this shortage.
Impossible Foods is based out of Redwood City, California. They are a startup that has taken the big major step of signing an agreement with one of the world’s biggest food manufacturers. They have gone into business with OSI Group McDonalds. OSI has headquarters in a Chicago suburb. They are immediately beginning production for the Impossible Burger. This burger should appear in stores by the end of the year.
The shortage and struggles began n April for Impossible Foods. The Impossible Burger has an impressive demand from Burger King and Witte Castle. This is good news for Impossible Foods. Impossible Foods had to hire more hands to keep up with the growing demand. They have a facility in Oakland, California that now has two hundred people working at it. This facility is 68,000 square feet yet it still cannot produce the type of volume customers are demanding from Impossible Foods.
Plant based meat is on the rise. Impossible Foods has been met with a lot of challenges and complication just like other food producers. For the former five years, the demand for plant based foods has grown by eight percent annually. Meat sales have not increased or decreased. They simply have remained the same. The Impossible Burger comes at a good time for when the population is demanding plant based meat alternatives.
OSI Group has welcomed this newcomer into the facilities in the midwest. This reminds the company of the time when it partnered with McDonalds. Creating strong partners, producing an innovative product and pleasing customers is what OSI enjoys doing. It is perhaps how they have been able to remain in business for over ten decades. Their revenue last year surpassed six billion dollars. Getting into the category of plant based foods will only grow their brand presence, sales and revenue.
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Nothing Is Impossible For McDonalds Meat Supplier OSI Group
As consumers demand more plant-based products, that has left companies, such as Impossible Foods, scrambling to meet demands. So, what did Impossible Foods do? They reached out to the top meat supplier for McDonalds. OSI Group has been the main burger supplier for McDonald’s for decades. When Impossible Foods came knocking on the door, they jumped at the chance to help. Impossible Foods believes that it is OSI Group’s work with the famous fast food restaurant chain that makes them a great partner. OSI has installed new equipment in their plant in California to help Impossible Foods to meet their demands. OSI will begin to make Impossible burgers before the end of summer.
Impossible Foods was not prepared for their plant base burger to be in such high demand so quickly. However, the chain restaurants that they supply include Cheesecake Factory, White Castle, and Qdoba have added the plant-base burger to their menu. It was the announcement made by Burger King that made Impossible Foods realize they need more manufacturing space. Burger King wants to offer their customers the Impossible Whopper before the end of the year. That announced left the plant-base burger in high demand.
Impossible Foods is not the only company that is struggling with the demands of plant-based meats. However, they did partner with one of the largest food producers around the world. OSI will be able to double the production of the Impossible Burger. It will also enable Impossible Foods to develop new food products. That will certainly please their growing customer base. Does this mean that the Impossible burger will show up on the McDonald’s menu soon? We will have to wait and see. McDonald’s does not seem to be in any hurry to jump on this new trend. They are happy to sit in the back seat on this one and let restaurants such as Burger King and Del Taco give it a run first.
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McDonald’s is the producer of the world’s most famous hamburgers and their sales across the world are indeed a testament to the taste that their product carries. However, most of us are unaware of the real product that goes behind these delicious hamburgers. OSI Group McDonalds is not only the biggest phenomenon in terms of leading food supplier relationship but also perhaps the oldest one in McDonald’s history. On a daily basis, OSI Group McDonalds serve millions of people across the globe. The meat patties supplied by OSI Group to McDonald’s are indeed something that the consumers across the globe are fond of.
OSI Group McDonalds is huge in Germany considering the fact that OSI decided to make the Gunzburg factory once McDonald’s became operational. The factory isn’t officially a part of the fast food chain but OSI Group McDonalds has made his mark in the boundary of Europe. Although founded in America and since 1909 has been satisfying the American taste buds, OSI Group has been expanding in Europe endlessly and has carried out ventures in this regard. Acquisition of Baho Food in 2016 and its five subsidiaries is one of the recent ones; Gelderland Frischwaren, Vital Convenience, Henri van de Bilt, Bakx Foods and Q Smart Life. Currently, OSI Group ranks on 63 in the Forbes List of American Private Companies. It currently fosters a revenue of $6.1 billion and has increased sales on a daily basis.
It is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois but functions in 65 facilities with in 17 countries. Standardization is one of the key attributes that OSI Group stands by and despite the massive expansion, hygiene and quality assurance has remained up to the mark. The recent achievement of the company to be bestowed with the Globe of Honour by the British Safety Council in 2016 is indeed a testament of the safety and standard protocol that OSI Group upholds. It is not just limited to the environmental standards of the area itself, but health maintenance of employees is also thoroughly checked. Factory workers with stomach bugs are not allowed to work until they are deemed fit. No wonder OSI Group is one of the top food companies of America.
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Sheldon Lavin is a name that food industry insiders know well. This is because he is one of the industry’s all-time legends when it comes to the business of food processing. Since the 1970s, the name Sheldon Lavin has been tied to the global food processing giant OSI Group. It has been under the watchful eye and guidance of Sheldon Lavin that OSI Group has been able to expand from a regional food distributor operating in the American midwest to a global leader in the world of food provisioning. This is because Sheldon has had a big vision for OSI since he first came on board with that company. Once he became the firm’s Chief Executive Officer, he was able to fully put that vision into place and begin to build it into one of the leading food operations in the world today.
Regarding how he first got into the food processing business, the truth is that Sheldon Lavin ended up in this line of work due to his previous career as a financing expert. When the original owners of OSI, the Kolschowsky family, brought Sheldon on board, it was to help with financing so that the company could expand its operations. From this point, Sheldon has continued to be involved with the company ever since. He quickly increased his involvement with the company, becoming a full-time member of the leadership team. This led to his eventual ascension to the Chief Executive Officer role upon the retirement of the Kolschowsky family from the business that they created.
One of the things that Sheldon Lavin is really proud of is the fact that OSI Group has expanded to include more than sixty-five facilities during his time heading up the company. These facilities are located across seventeen international countries. Sheldon always had a strong vision for the expansion of the business and he has worked diligently to make this expansion happen over his many years running the company. Even though OSI has had great success with expanding globally, Sheldon is confident that there is still much work to be done in this regard.
The Sustainability Vision of Sheldon Lavin, CEO of OSI Group
It was not making it to Forbes that defined this company. It was not being a buyer of several million dollars smaller brands that defined this company. It was not being an owner of manufacturing facilities in Europe, Asia and both North and South America. It was none of this that cemented OSI Food Solutions has a top notch company. It was the stuff behind closed doors that eyes did not see and ears did not hear about that defined this company as a leading company in food manufacturing and logistics.
Making billions of dollars, making it to Forbes, acquiring other companies were accomplishments. These were major milestones for the company. These were moments that proved an immigrant’s dream, the American dream the dream of OSI Food Solutions was alive and well and been completely fulfilled. But so much was poured into this company to achieve all of these great things. Having a vision, having quality products, being dedicated, being driven and so much more was required to a birth an empire like this one. It took time to arrive at this level. This time includes one hundred years of persistent work to develop a food production company that demands utter respect from the entire food production and logistics industry.
OSI Food Solutions works with its clients to create concepts for food production and to create a logistics plan. They deliver food and food-related items around the globe every day. They have a presence in nearly every continent except Africa and Australia. They open new factories on a regular basis to be able to deliver products on a timely basis. They work with many different types of clients. They are known for being a constant buyer of brands that are either competition or brands that would allow them to function more effectively as a whole. Like their name says, OSI Food Solutions is truly a company that is in business to offer food solutions to customers who want quality good foods, products delivered on time, outstanding customer service, a trusted name that has been in the industry and a company that can deliver products on time. OSI Group’s Reach Extends to More than 65 Facilities Around the Globe
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