OSI Industries, the global food producer and distributor, revamped its OSI Food Solutions plant in Toledo. It cost the group €17 Million to boost the plant by adding more equipment in the plant to achieve the desired production levels. Before the overhaul, the plant was processing an annual production of 12,000 tons of chicken products, but after the revision, the production doubled to 24,000 annually. The plant produces beef and pork products, and the total output of the entire plant reached over 45,000 tons annually. The move was driven by the high demand for chicken products from Spain and Portugal markets. Some of the changes that were done included the installation of nitrogen tanks installation, waste containers, hot water tanks, oil service areas, and a new production hall and refrigeration rooms.
Other changes that OSI Industries management did to the plant were the expansion of shipping and dispatch area, raw material storage area and employees’ social room. The most notable change was the quality control kitchen in a move to improve in the quality in line with the customers changing demands and needs. In cost-cutting, measures were put in place to bring down the cost of electricity by 20%. The heat produced by the refrigeration units and the cogeneration system would be recycled to heat water used in the night shift thus saving electricity tremendously. The firm’s food security measures were taken through the installation of a surveillance control system all-round the plant’s perimeter wall. Additional indoor cameras were installed.
Additionally, a state of the art firefighting system was put in place to enhance safety in the premises. The whole process did not only boost production but also gave the OSI Industries an opportunity to create more jobs. Twenty more jobs were created bringing to 160 the total number of the employees in the plant hence boosting the economy.
In a move to maintain, the customer trust through supporting the production and distribution of its products in Europe, OSI Industries completed the acquisition of Flagship Europe a company owned by Flagship Food Group. The company is regarded as a high food provider to the food markets in the UK. Besides, it’s a producer of different food products including pies, dressings, frozen poultry, mayonnaise, and sous vide to name but a few. Flagship diversified in the food market through their merger with Calder Foods, which produces sauces, marinades, sandwich fillings, and mayonnaise. OSI Group acquires Baho Food. This implies that the partnership between OSI Industries and Flagship Europe would increase the Group’s resources basket hence strengthening its impact in the market.