Sheldon Lavin: Embracing sustainability in food production

Sheldon Lavin is the chairman and CEO of the OSI Group. It is under his leadership that this company has become the biggest food producer in the world. His commitment to sustainable food production has helped the company to set the bar for food production so high that other companies cannot manage to get to such heights. Mr. Lavin has always wanted to build a company that applies cutting-edge technology.

OSI has a long history that goes back to 1909 when it started as a butcher shop in Chicago. It then became a family owned business and was named Otto & Sons. In the 1950s it became one of the main suppliers to the McDonald’s. Mr. Lavin joined in the mid-1970s, and since then, the pace of growth in the company gained momentum. The spectacular growth we see today in this company has the fingerprints of Sheldon’s efforts.

Sheldon Lavin is now in his twilight years in leadership of this company, but he wants to finish strong. He wants to create an impact that will last many years after he is gone. He has set sustainability as one of the modifications he would like to make to the company in his last days. OSI is now embracing new technologies that increase efficiency and decrease environmental pollution. These efforts have already been seen in some of the recently developed food pants. A good example is Toledo, Spain where the foodplant is using 20 percent less energy after the installation of an energy efficient system.


The contributions of Sheldon Lavin have not gone unnoticed. The World Vision India group recognized him in 2017 for accomplishing the dreams of the food company. They awarded him the Global Visionary Award for turning his dreams into reality.

OSI Group has also received recognition in the form of awards from different bodies. Some of the awards include the Globe Honour from the British Safety Council, California green Business Award and the Environmental Award from North American Meat Institute.

Sheldon Lavin has spent the last four decades managing this company, and much of the growth since 1975 has been a result of his work.