How OSI Food Solutions Is Meeting Demand For Chicken In Portugal And Spain

OSI Food Solutions is a global manufacturer of processed food solutions. Their food is used in quick-serve restaurants and is also sold in grocery stores as their in-house brand. They have production facilities in 17 countries and one of these is in Toledo, Spain. This facility processes protein-based foods that are sold in both Spain and Portugal. The types of foods they process are chicken, beef, and pork.

In order to meet increasing demand for chicken the Toledo OSI Food Solutions facility installed a high-capacity production line. It cost €17 million and it ability to process chicken went from 12,000 tons a year to 24,000 tons. They also added 20 new positions at this plant increasing employment there to 160 people. José María del Río is the managing director of plant. He said that demand for chicken in Spain and Portugal has increased by 8% each of the past three years and it has averaged 6% more demand each year over the past decade.

OSI Food Solutions food protection system was also upgraded when the new high-capacity line was installed. This included the installation of a new perimeter access control surveillance system. Also added was more indoor cameras as well as a state-of-the-art firefighting system. Additionally, all of this operates more efficiently than the older system. This plant has cut its electricity consumption by 20% and they have a new heat recovery system in place.

OSI Food Solutions is based just outside of Chicago, Illinois, in Aurora. In the 1970s this company only supplied protein-based products to McDonald’s Corporation in the United States. Since that time they have greatly expanded and now supply many restaurants and grocery chains across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Most of what they supply is protein-based but they do also supply other food products such as vegetables and sauces. While much of this growth has been organic they have also bought competing companies in order to expand, such as in 2016 when they bought both Flagship Europe and Baho Foods in Europe.

Over the years OSI Food Solutions has won many awards for social, animal welfare, and environmental responsibility as well as awards for economic success. Among the environmental awards they have won are the Globe of Honour in the United Kingdom, the California Green Business Award, and the Environmental Awards 2018. They have won animal welfare awards in the United States, Europe, and China as well.