David McDonald Lowering OSI Groups Carbon Footprint

In 1987, David McDonald joined OSI Group as a project manager. His main responsibility during this time was to aide in the expansion of the company in Latin American and Asia. Over the years, he has worked hard and dedicated many hours to the expansion of OSI Group, ultimately earning him the title of President and Chief Operating Officer.

Recently, there has been an increase in the demand for chicken products in Spain and Portugal. This increase caused David McDonald and Sheldon Lavin to make the decision to expand OSI Group in Spain. To accomplish this expansion, the company improved its facility in a number of areas that include storage, production, and security.

This expansion was no easy, or cheap, feat. The facility located in Toledo, Spain went through a €17 million expansion process. The money went toward adding a massive 22,600 square feet to the facility. This addition created the additional space needed for a new and improved production hall, storage areas, refrigerate rooms for waste container storage, shipping and receiving areas, service areas, and a large employee area. Due to this expansion, the OSI Group has increased its production of chicken products from 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons on an annual basis.

In addition, it was critical to David McDonald and Sheldon Lavin that improvements were made to the buildings security and sustainability efforts. In an effort to protect both the product and the employees, a surveillance system was added to the exterior of the facility, cameras were added throughout the interior, and a fire suppression system was installed. Of equal importance to McDonald and Lavin, was taking measures to lower their carbon footprint. By updating the equipment and other improvements that were made during this expansion, the OSI Group has been able to decrease its electric use by about 20 percent.

It is largely because of David McDonald and Sheldon Lavin’s leadership that the OSI Group has won a number of awards. Some of the awards the company has earned are for their efforts to create a safe environment for their employees as well as for their determination to lower their carbon footprint. In 2017, the company was awarded the International Safety Award by the British Safety Council; they also received the BSC’s Globe Honour Award for their environmental efforts.

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Sweetgreens Concept to See Continued Growth

Over the past few years, one of the fastest growing restaurant chains in the Northeast United States has been Sweetgreens. This chain, which was started just eight years ago, has quickly grown to over 40 locations across the country. While it has grown in popularity, it has very modest roots.


The chain of restaurants was started by three young adults while they were still in school at Georgetown University. The concept was developed when the three young men were discussing the lack of healthy lunch options on or near campus. As the three students were finishing up their education, they were also developing a detailed business plan, which they were able to share with investors and lenders.


Within a few months of graduating, the three entrepreneurs had open their first sweet greens location. The restaurant chain was an instant success with students as well as other people in the Georgetown area. Within a few years, they had expanded to other areas in Washington DC, New York, and Boston. The company is now looking to expand further into California, Chicago, and other major cities across the nation.


The overall concept of the Sweetgreens brand is pretty simple. The company strives to provide its customers with the highest grade produce and protein as possible. Whenever possible, they attempt to purchase directly from local farmers, which helps to ensure that the products they brush and true to the individual locations of each restaurant.


The company also strives to ensure that they have a strong customer focus at all levels of the organization. While the company now has a big corporate presence. All members of the corporate office are required to spend at least five days per year working in one of the restaurants. This helps to ensure they understand the day-to-day operations of the business.


One of the continued leaders of the company has been Nathaniel Ru. He was one of the original three founders of the restaurant chain and has been very involved in the continued growth and development. Ru sees a considerable amount of potential growth in both their restaurants as well as through their online ordering, mobile application, and website.