In Spain, OSI Food Solutions has increased its chicken production. The company has added a high production line in its Toledo Plant. The improvements in 2017 cost $17 million euros. The new production line has doubled the company’s production.
The new production line has the capacity to produce 45,000 chicken, pork and beef products yearly. It has also added 20 new jobs due to the increased work load. The company had 140 workers before they put in the high production assembly line. One of the new jobs created is a manager for product development.
The product development manager improves the current food products and develops new ones. The new line was installed due to an increased demand in the sales of chicken in Portugal and Spain. The OSI managing director says demand had increased about 8% over a three year period. The plant added 22,600 square feet of work space with a new production hall, storage, refrigerated rooms, shipping, receiving areas, and social area for employees.
They have built a testing kitchen for developing and testing new products. The kitchen will also be used to improve products already on the market. This will give the company the opportunity to create innovative products for their line.
The company has added an updated surveillance system that uses indoor and outdoor cameras for security. It has improved sustainability in the company. They use recycled heat from machines to heat hot water at night. This hot water is used for cleaning.
OSI received 1.5 million euros from the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund for its commitment to agricultural development. In 2017 they acquired Flagship Europe, a major food supplier, located in the UK. They renamed the company to Creative Food Europe. They acquired Baho Foods in the Netherlands and the company has operations in Germany too.
CEO Sheldon Lavin is happy about the recent improvements made to the plant in Spain.He is responsible for the company expanding into foreign markets. The company is now in 17 countries. He has focused on food safety, green practices, and sustainability. These practices helped the company grow in the right direction.