OSI Group Helps Build Local Communities Across The World With Promising Job Opportunities

American food provider, OSI Group is one of the largest companies to offer custom food solutions to global food service and retail food industries. It has been more 100 years since OSI has helped its local community, beginning in Oak Park, Illinois, when the company was a small family meat market.

Today, the leading meat processor employs over 20,000 employees driving the company to much of its success. In return, OSI strives to create and provide a safe environment offering advancing and challenging opportunities. The diverse and wide-ranging teams help to build innovative solutions to ensure quality products and customer services.

OSI Group is looking for individuals to join them and discover the enthusiasm of the workforce. They give their employees the opportunity to grow with the company and learn. Their customers rely on the teams to deliver superiority and efficient services and customized solutions. The equal opportunity employer offers jobs in the United States, United Kingdom, Poland, Hungary, and Asia-Pacific. Applicants may submit their resumes and contact information by email to apply for jobs. OSI acquired two companies and a facility in 2016 for its expansion initiatives, nationally and internationally.

In August 2016, OSI announced Baho Foods, a manufacturer of convenience foods, deli meats and snacks was acquired. The transaction included Bakx Foods, Q Smart Life, Henri van de Bilt, Vital Convenience, and Gelderland Frischwaren. OSI entered markets in the U.K., in December 2016, through a Flagship Europe acquisition. While the company will benefit by strengthening its marketplace position, Flagship will have the opportunity to enter global markets and increase its clientele.

OSI Group was founded in 1909 by German Otto Kolschowsky and received growth within eight years of providing meats in Oak Park and nearby areas. In 1955, the company, known as Otto & Sons at the time became the exclusive provider of fresh ground beef patties to McDonald’s franchises. Its first plant opened in Chicago, IL and has expanded to Wisconsin, California, Utah, Iowa, and Riverside. Forbes named OSI as number 58 on the list of Largest American Private Companies.

The Secret behind the Success of Sweetgreen

Like any other person gearing to finish college, Nathaniel Ru was in a dilemma about what he would do with his life. This dilemma saw him join forces with other two senior students to establish Sweetgreen. Initially, this idea came to life when these three gentlemen could not find a place to eat healthy food in Georgetown University. Starting up was not easy as they had to deal with many obstacles along the way. For instance, they could not get hold of the landlady of the building they were planning to use. The landlady had a prior history with these boys and hung up their call when they called her the first time. She refused to pick their calls thereafter but gave up when the boys could not stop calling her.


She agreed to meet with these founders after a month, and they wore suits to these meeting. Nathaniel Ru jokes that this is the first and the last time he ever wore a suit. During this meeting, the three co-founders had a small business plan and a small budget at the back. Upon listening to their ideas, she saw that they had the potential and agreed to rent them the building. She further advised them to look for an architect and also to prepare a good business plan as the one they had was very shallow. After three and a half weeks, they returned to the landlady with the new business plan, an architect and investors in their pocket.


As of today, Sweetgreen has over 1700 employees in the United States of America. Among this employees is Theresa Dold who also happens to be the head of digital marketing. She is also a graduate of Georgetown University. Theresa says that Sweetgreen wants to be more than a place where people get to buy food. She says that the company has a deeper purpose and even likens Sweetgreen with Steve Job’s Apple. She continues to say that Sweetgreen has come to realize that people do not buy what you do but instead buy the way you do it. This is the secret behind Apple. Theresa believes that even if Apple sold bicycles, it would still be successful like it is today.


Sweetgreen has built a reputation for offering healthy and fresh products. They also have a reputation of offering local products. For this reason, they work in conjunction with local farmers. Sweetgreen has maintained an open Kitchen where customers get to see how their food is being prepared. Nathaniel Ru says that there are plans to expand the restaurants to as many cities as possible in the Unites States.

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Earlier today,I had the opportunity to read an online article that profiles the wildly popular salad chain named Sweetgreen. The article mentions how there are now 40 Sweetgreen’s locations, and how there are long lines of hungry customers at each location.


It is mentioned in this article that Sweetgreen is financially backed by an assortment of famous personalities, including Daniel Boulud and Danny Meyer. It is also pointed out that the salad chain offers a winning combination of foods that are fresh, healthy, local, and organic.


Much of Sweetgreen’s success comes from customers ordering food through its mobile app or website. According to one of the co-CEO’s of Sweetgreen, Nathaniel Ru, technology has been a big part of the company’s approach from the start.


Nathaniel Ru’s business philosophy is refreshingly different from that of the average CEO. Mr. Ru is quite knowledgeable concerning the entire farm-to-table concept, and takes the job of feeding other people very seriously. He states that Sweetgreen is trying to provide a better quality of food to more people, while creating a company that truly serves a purpose.


The three co-founders of Sweetgreen opened their first eatery in the summer of 2007. Having recently graduated from college, the partners wanted to create a restaurant that offered healthy and tasty foods.


Along with other Sweetgreen staff members, Mr. Ru leaves the office behind several times each year, to actually go to work in some of the company’s restaurants. With no main headquarters for the salad chain, he and his partners are operating the company bicoastally.


Interestingly, Nathaniel Ru met his business partners while the three were attending an entrepreneurship class at Georgetown University. Like Mr. Ru, Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman have parents who are first-generation immigrants that have owned their own businesses.


An important point that Nathaniel Ru makes in the article is that you can’t do everything yourself. He relates how he and his partners used to do all of the corporate work themselves, because it can be difficult to let go of the work and let somebody else do it. One of the things that he says he has learned is that it’s important to build a team around you.


Success is Sweetgreen

The success of a popular college eatery named Sweetgreen spans over the better part of a decade. The persons responsible for the work product and service are Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman, and Nathaniel Ru. The start continued running of this business is result of hands-on application of higher education in action. However it is also a bond made from the love of food, a wanting to create something, and a wanting to solve a problem. The business operation comes from the collaboration of individuals whose history shows no real prior experience of managing the day-to-day duties of an organization.


According to the founders and owners of the business, the lack of experience is cornerstone to the innovative growth of Sweetgreen. It takes a new point of view for an everyday challenge to make a good plan come to live. To do that these entrepreneurs bring a fresh set of eyes to every problem. One of these problems being the brick and mortar location of the business where it all begins. Another problem is the limited resources needed to start the ball rolling. The answer to both presents itself as focusing on bringing a supply of quality products with sustainability.


The winning way of thinking comes after seeking the advise of professional already in the industry and also by the institution of Georgetown. The concept of reverse engineering comes into play as community has an influence over the company brand. As the business grows so does the entrepreneurship program on campus and the two complement each other nicely. But still there is room to grow for Sweetgreen.


Values and commitment to community really drive the business, as is seen in programs that seek educate young people in Virginia, New York, Maryland and DC are provided by Sweetgreen. It has an influence on more than over 20,000 young people in its history and the number is still growing. The idea behind such program is to get people feeling good about eating right at a young age. From big ideas like that projects like “Sweetlife” take life in the form of an annual music festival.


Good business and good times are the results of service from the business Sweetgreen. And the business itself is the brainchild of five core values. These values are “win,win,win”, “think sustainably”, “keep it real”, “add the sweet touch”, and “make an impact”.


Livio Bisterzo – Changing the Food Industry through Innovation

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Livio Bisterzo has been operating in the natural food and health sector for seven years. When in May 2015, together with his team, Bisterzo set his sights on developing an innovative food snack under the slogan “better for you” he was literally pushing the known industry boundaries. After a couple of product development runs and consumer testing, he landed on a brand new product with the launch of the Hippeas brand in 2016.


Hippeas, the new product are organic, kosher, vegan, gluten-free chickpea puffs offered in 100 calories per pack. They contain 3 grams of protein, a good fiber source. Recently, Hippeas became the newest product joining the Starbucks list of popular grab-and-go snacks. Two of Hippeas flavors—Far Out Fajita and Vegan White Cheddar—are now available in over 7,500 Starbucks US locations.


The Mission and Vision

Bisterzo founded in 2015 a new food innovation company, Green Park Holdings with a mission of creating inventive multichannel brands in the food and drinks industry. The objective is to develop and grow a portfolio with “Better for you” natural propositions focus. This is to be realized by operating brands having lasting social impact, prompting cultural and behavioral change.


The vision of Livio Bisterzo is to be in the forefront spearheading the positive change agenda in the drink and food industry.


The Hippeas Brand

An all-new organic chickpea puffs range, Hippeas is set to cause waves across the global snacking market when it lands on shelves this summer through exciting flavor profiles, its bold brand purpose and story, and clear health credentials.


Designed with the goal of appealing to the increasingly socially and health conscious millennial consumer, the strong Hippeas brand identity took its inspiration from the original hippie era spirit, updating it to suit a millennial audience.


Central to the ‘Peas Love & Giving Back’ brand mantra of Hippeas, coupled with Green Park insight to its consumer, the millennial ‘modern hippie’, the Company is convinced that it is possible to have ‘do good’ and ‘tastes good’ in the same slogan/sentence.


Towards bringing this brand purpose into reality, Hippeas is partnering with Farm Africa. In this regard, for every pack that is sold, the Company gives back by supporting East African farmers become more prosperous and pull themselves out of poverty.


About Livio Bisterzo

Livio Bisterzo is an entrepreneur of Italian descent, living in Los Angeles. At the tender age of 27, in 2009, he was nominated by the Evening Standard of the UK among the 1000 most influential personalities in London. While he is quite happy with the Hippeas product, Bisterzo is equally very pleased with the social mission of the brand and the work in East Africa.

Nathaniel Ru’s Contribution To Sweetgreen’s Success

Whenever you walk into a Sweetgreen restaurant, you immediately feel an aura of freshness. Sweetgreen is classified as a fast-casual restaurant chain that serves seasoned salads. It provides a vibrant atmosphere that leaves people queuing throughout the day to get a taste of the healthy cuisine served. The menu consists of foods such as lettuce, robust cheese crumbles, and tangy dressings just to name a few.

Sweetgreen is famous for its delicious foods that are both healthy and reasonably priced. Customers can enjoy the nourishing foods served by Sweetgreen for roughly the same price as burger and fries. However, unlike most salads, Sweetgreen’s salads fill the stomach in a way you won’t feel hungry half an hour after eating them.

Sweetgreen was founded by three Georgetown undergraduates namely; Nathaniel Ru, Jonathan Neman and Nicolas Jammet back in 2007. They started with just one shop in Georgetown. Little did they know that nine years down the line they would have 31 outlets nationwide and $95 million worth of venture capital funding. The three founders have set their eyes on expanding to 40 restaurants before the end of the year.

Fortune recently featured Sweetgreen, and it declared that startup restaurant chains should look at Sweetgreen and try to emulate it. Nathaniel Ru, the Co-Founder discussed some operations of the restaurant. He shed light on how Sweetgreen picks its locations. Mr. Ru claimed that they conduct a study of demographics of a location while considering the timing of entering that particular market. He gave an example of a restaurant they opened in a New York neighborhood clustered with lots of tech and media companies.

Mr. Ru also touched on the design of Sweetgreen. He referred to the design as “service design” which culminates storytelling, design, and technology. He added that the open kitchen is vital in showing its customers the process behind producing the food.


About Nathaniel Ru

Mr. Ru attended Georgetown University where he graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. In the same year, he co-founded Sweetgreen. In 2010, Mr. Ru and the other two co-founders launched Sweetlife. Sweetlife is a food and music festival that attracts over 20,000 participants and features high profile music artists and chefs alike. Mr. Ru and his partners have been featured in several magazines and websites as a recognition for their efforts and entrepreneurial nouse.