Flagship Europe was founded in 1991. The U.K. based company is a distributor of speciality sauces, dressings, pies, sandwich fillings and much more. In 2016, Flagship was acquired to OSI Industries as its newest family member. The company has developed a highly thought of reputation for excellence over the years and this made it a perfect fit for the customer service centric OSI Industries. As part of a rebranding effort, Flagship now operates under the name Creative Foods Europe.
The acquisition of Flagship Europe is just one of several big events for OSI that have occurred in the U.K. in recent years. In 2014, OSI became partners in the U.K. with British beef producer Pickstock, lending OSI a valuable inside track into the market there. 2016 saw the acquisitions of Flagship and also saw the receipt of a prestigious award for environmental management. Every year the British Safety Council bestows its Globe of Honour on companies and organizations that meet their 5-Star rating and display outstanding commitment in the area of environmental management.
2016 also saw big news for OSI Industries on the continent in Europe. The company addressed the need for increased chicken production in its processing facility in Todelo, Spain. The upgrades in the production line at the location have made possible a doubling of production of processed chicken out of the location. This is in response to a large increase in demand for chicken products on menus throughout Spain and Portugal. OSI also acquired Dutch food suppliers Baho Food in a move that promises to deliver plenty of new customers to the food solutions powerhouse. Baho Food carries an amazing product line and has distribution across the European continent.
OSI Industries is one of America’s 100 top food companies. It holds the status of being one of the largest food suppliers in the world with 80 facilities spread out across 17 countries. The company got its start as Otto & Sons back in 1909 when it was a simple meat market in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois. Today, under the leadership of revolutionary leaders Sheldon Lavin, the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, as well as David McDonald, the company’s President and COO, OSI Industries has experienced unprecedented growth during the last 40 years. All of this has been accomplished while remaining true to those original family roots that Otto Kowlschowsky started the firm with back in 1909.
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