Otto and Sons has been through a whirlwind of enormous growth ever since they were approached by McDonalds in the 1950’s to be one of their main supplier of meats. As the only producer who was willing to invest in freeze-dry technology and stay committed to supplying McDonalds throughout their growth process, Otto and Sons naturally grew as McDonalds grew. In 1975, however, they outgrew their old name and hired a new CEO with global and financial expertise to guide them internationally (while changing their name to OSI Group McDonalds). Still the CEO today, Sheldon is a large philanthropist in the Chicago area and has given back to the community greatly. Whether it be the Ronald McDonald house, the Rush University Medical Center, the Sheba Foundation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Goodman Theatre, or the United Negro College Fund, Sheldon has been there helping the community as his business continued to flourish around the world.
And now with the incredible revenue of 6.1 billion dollars, OSI Group McDonalds is giving back to the world through sustainability efforts. They have taken on the vice president of Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, as the new CSO of OSI Group McDonalds. She has created numerous environmentally friendly practices for the company such as recycling waste water, making more environmentally friendly packaging, giving Animal Welfare officers better training, and improved the living conditions of chickens. And thanks to all of her efforts, OSI Group McDonalds is now winning lots of environmental awards and certificates in the past few years. From the California Green Business Certificate with OSI Riverside, to the NAMI’s Environmental Award, to the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honours, there is truly a new wave of sustainability within the OSI organization. With these sustainable efforts in place, the organization now also is focusing on research and development facilities in the United States and China to better serve the taste needs of clients and come up with new products.