Just when it seemed that the food processing titan OSI Food Solutions couldn’t get any bigger or conquer any more markets, they come out with yet another announcement. This time around their focus is on chicken expanding production to accommodate the upcoming expected demand.
In a press release on August 8th 2017, OSI Food Solutions announced that it had added a high capacity production line alongside its current facility in Toledo, Spain. The total investment cost 17 million euros and was completed earlier in the year. This change has increased production capacity from 12,000 tons of processed chicken per year to 24,000 tons annually. This represents a doubling of total capacity, all while requiring fewer labor hours per ton. This recent expansion brings the Toledo operation up to a total production capacity 45,000 combined tons of beef, pork and chicken.
What’s most impressive about this addition is the minimal impact it has on the total workforce of the Toldeo factory. The entire expansion project will add just 20 new jobs to the existing workforce of 140 people. The change represents a more than 33% increase in production capacity on a per-pound basis with a workforce increase of just 14%, making it one of the most efficient changes the plant has seen.
This boost to employment includes a new management known as the Product Development Manager. This new role will continue to serve the purpose of assisting clients in developing new products, as well as serving as a consultant on existing product offerings.
In keeping with this commitment to client-focused service, the expansion also includes a state-of-the-art project development kitchen. It is here that product development manager will work with professional chefs and their corporate customers to better enhance their existing product offerings as well as create their new ones.
With all are these improvements coming together it’s no surprise that OSI Food Solutions is able to double their production capacity even though projected demand for chicken products in Spain is only expected to grow by 6%. The company clearly has plans to help their clients take over new segments of the market. OSI plans to do this in the same fashion that they became the sole provider of beef products to McDonalds decades prior; by providing full-service consultation and support not only can they ensure more sales for the clients, but also a steady increase in demand for OSI’s services as well.