David McDonald has been in the food business for essentially his whole life. He was born and raised on a farm in Iowa and then studied animal husbandry at Iowa State University, graduating in 1987. Once he graduated he found a job at OSI Group, LLC, a privately held food processing firm. For this position he moved to the greater Chicago, Illinois, area and steadily moved up in the ranks. He has been the president and chief operating officer of this company for several years now.
One of David McDonald’s accomplishments in the recent past is overseeing the expansion of his company’s Spanish facility. This facility provides beef, pork, and poultry products to restaurants and grocery stores throughout Spain as well as Portugal. Over the past decade they have seen larger sustainable demand for poultry products continue to grow. In order to keep up with the demand he authorized spending €17 million to upgrade this facility in a number of important ways.
The biggest addition was a new high-speed production line that doubled the amount of poultry this facility can process. They can now process 24,000 tons of chicken on an annual basis and 45,000 tons of processed meat in all. David McDonald says they made other important additions as well such as new storage areas, an improved shipping and receiving area, and a new social area for employees among other things. They also added a new test kitchen which will enable this facility to meet the changing needs of their customers. OSI Group releases sustainability report .
Another important addition was increasing the security and sustainability of this facility, David McDonald says. There are new cameras both inside and outside the facility which improves food safety. They also added an advanced fire suppression system. The facility was also made a lot more energy efficient and their use of electricity dropped by 20% despite doubling the amount of poultry they process.
In addition to his role at OSI Group, he is also on the board of directors of the North America Meat Institute. In these capacities he will be attending Iowa Swine Day on June 28. This event teaches people about the global food industry as well as business skills. David McDonald will be one of the featured speakers at this annual event and will go over the future of the global food industry. Having been in the industry for over three decades he will be able to share a lot of valuable insight to his audience.
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