Sheldon Lavin is an interesting person who made the jump from the world of finance to the world of food production in the middle of his professional career. He spent years helping various companies find financing solutions for funds they needed to grow their business or other reasons. One day in the early 1970s he was put in contact with OSI Group by the Mcdonald’s Corporation. Back then McDonald’s only had a few suppliers of fresh ground beef and OSI Group was one of them. They needed to build another production facility and needed a loan for it. Sheldon Lavin found them a lender and he did such a great job that both McDonald’s and OSI Group would keep in contact with him after the transaction was completed, and learn more about Sheldon Lavin.
After a few years OSI Group and McDonald’s approached Sheldon Lavin about becoming an owner of OSI Group and the top executive. He had been thinking that OSI Group could be a far bigger company with the right leadership and so he joined as the chairman of the board and chief executive officer. At the time the only company that OSI Group sold processed food to was McDonald’s. He set about signing up many more quick-serve chains in the United States. Once this was done and the company had a great financial cushion he started expanding, first across North America, and http://www.provisioneronline.com/articles/103009-osis-sheldon-lavin-receives-global-visionary-award.
Beginning in the 1980s Sheldon Lavin began expanding into Europe, both by opening offices and processing facilities as well as making acquisitions. In the 1990s this expansion started in Asia, especially in China. He is a visionary who saw that China was opening up to outside businesses and was a huge opportunity. First, a huge amount of people live in China. Second, he could see that the government was serious about raising the average income and getting people to the point where they had disposable income. Sheldon Lavin followed up his success in China by expanding into India, a country like China in that it has a massive population that is growing in affluence and so represents a great business opportunity, and more information click here.