OSI Group already had a considerable presence in Spain before they recently expanded their business in the area even further. Their Toledo, Spain plant was recently renovated with more production area along with other features such as storage and a test kitchen was added on. These additions were added to cover the increase in demand for chicken products in Spain and surrounding countries. Before this considerable expansion, the plant had the capabilities to process around 12,000 tons of chicken each and every year and as of now, that capability has doubled. OSI Group buys former Tyson Foods plant in Chicago.
While chicken is the area that OSI Group is currently seeing the most growth in, their plant in Toledo, Spain does not only process chicken products and in fact, offers a large variety of different proteins to meet the demands of their consumer base. Some of their other popular items include pork, beef, and turkey. While the company and their customers are excited about their increase in production capacity, government officials and residents of the area around the plant are excited about the almost 2 dozen new jobs the expansion has brought.
One of these new positions that OSI Group was able to offer includes a product development manager for the plant who will represent many people within the company as they work to develop new products for their customers. With just this plant now being able to produce 45,000 tons of meat, they will need excellent leadership to take the company in the right direction. Along with trying to come up with new products for their line, they will also be trying to figure out how to improve their items that already exist. The preferences of products are always changing and they have to be ready to accommodate any new demands that their clients may have for the company.
Jose Maria, the Managing Director of the OSI Group operations in Spain, stated that the demand for chicken has been steadily rising over the past decade. This growth is expected to keep occurring for the foreseeable future. With demands growing, OSI Group has positioned themselves to be able to stay at the forefront of food production.