David McDonald attended Iowa State University from 1983 through 1987, earning a BS and holds a degree in Animal Science. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. Mr. McDonald joined the OSI Group, LLC in 1987. He holds the title of President and COO of OSI Group, LLC in Aurora, Illinois and has been with the group for thirty years. He was Chairman of the North American Meat Institute in 2015, then became a board member in 2015 and continues in that position. David McDonald is also an Independent Director at Marfrig Global Food, S.A.
The OSI Group, LLC, founded in 1909, is a privately held global provider of custom prepared food and beverages to top retail and food service brands. Their Corporate Headquarters are located in Aurora, Illinois. OSI has over 100,000 employees, 65 facilities preparing and processing their many culinary products for 17 countries including Australia, Brazil, Japan, China, and the USA, to name a few. These many varied cultures give an idea of how diverse OSI Group’s processes are.
OSI acquired the controlling interest of Baho Food, a privately owned Dutch company, that processes meat and other edibles for retail markets and food service businesses. Baho Food has plants in the Netherlands and Germany, owns five subsidiaries and has been operating for close to 60 years, selling a large assortment of convenience foods and deli meats to clients throughout 18 European countries. David McDonald believes adding Baho Food to OSI’s European group will give OSI a larger presence there. Baho brands and products are complementary to the products offered by OSI, allowing growth of services and better coverage of their customer base. Baho Food Managing Director, John Balvers, believes Baho Food will greatly benefit from the merger and allow their customer base to increase their own customers and own product lines and growth, allowing them all to reach their own goals.
David McDonald says OSI Group, LLC keeps quality standards so high because they consider clients to be family. If products cannot be served to the families, it cannot be served to customers. David McDonald and OSI care deeply how their business activities impact the environment, communities, and people. They try hard to maintain sustainable, positive relationships, to work hard continually looking for ways to improve sustainability impacts. Sustainability endeavors are at work in the total OSI global reach and are acknowledged throughout the food industry.