Impossible Foods and OSI Group have joined forces to expand production of the impossible burger. The plant-based flagship product has been all the rage lately forcing Impossible Foods to triple their production. Such demand is a little to much for their Oakland plant so OSI is stepping in to handle the excess. The Chicago-based food supplier has over 60 plants stretching across 17 countries. It also bears a solid reputation for production, quality, and safety. The partnership will see OSI begin production on Impossible Burgers in a few of its plants, but plans are to increase that production across the whole network.
The impossible craze is still fairly new but Impossible Foods itself is not. The company has been around since 2011 and has sold its plant-based meat substitutes in various restaurants. The sudden surge in popularity is due to the impossible burger 2.0. The faux burger bears a strong reputation for taste as well as the outward appearance of ground beef. It began trending when fast food franchises like Burger King decided to permanently add it to their menu. This was great news for Impossible Foods but presented them with a unique problem. The demand was starting to push the boundaries of their supply. Luckily, OSI group has supply to spare.
The powerhouse food supplier has been around for almost 100 years. Founded back at the turn of the 1900s by German immigrant Otto Kolchowsky. OSI group is most known for being the meat supplier for McDonalds. It is s role that it has served since the 1950s and is responsible for most of their success. Based in Chicago, OSI Group is an innovator in its field. Its first high-performance plant coined many of the common production practices utilized today. Impossible Foods was drawn to OSI for its reputation for quality. Since its origins in Chicago the company has always striven to produce the best product. It adheres to stringent safety standards and does not use any added chemicals in its meat. The company is very excited to join into the impossible craze. Impossible Foods has a lot of expansion plans in its future and OSI’s manufacturing capability will be a huge factor.
Forbes honors Richard Liu Qiangdong as one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in the world. The business personality owns Jd.com, an e-commerce platform with a value of $ 57.6 billion. Despite his present-day glory, Richard Liu Qiangdong started as a junior employee working at Japan Life, a company that manufactured and distributed various health products. After serving Japan Life for two years, the renowned entrepreneur opened and managed a small restaurant in Beijing. Later on, Liu Qiangdong closed the restaurant and opened a shop selling computer accessories.
Within five years, the Forbes-listed billionaire managed to develop his computer shop to a prominent supplier of genuine computer parts. In fact, the shop extended its business boundaries to twelve new locations in China’s capital. In 2004, Liu’s computer shops closed down since the government advised citizens to remain confined as a measure to fight SARS, an austere outbreak. In that event, many physical shops closed down since business owners, customers, and employees could not get out of their homes. Richard Liu Qiangdong saw the outbreak as an opportunity to launch Jingdong.
The Beijing-based online marketplace allowed consumers to purchase any consumer goods from the safety of their home. On Richard Liu Qiangdong’s online shop, customers could buy home appliances, fresh/processed food items, popular brands of beverages, all types of fashion wear, and any other consumer product. Jingdong stocked its shelves with genuine goods. On the other hand, Richard Liu Qiangdong hired talented logisticians who ensured that Jingdong’s customers received their purchases in the same or the next day. The efficient logistic system enticed millions of customers. Today, Jd.com serves customers in entire Asia. Richard Liu says that he is looking to expand into the UK, US, and other new markets. Already, Jingdong has partnered with several brands to replenish its shelves with international brands for its global customers.
After production, the burgers are packed in boxes, and then they undergo the last quality check (the hamburgers go through a metal detector). The boxes containing the hamburgers indicate precisely where the meat from the burger was gotten, the time frame when the hamburger was produced, and where the burger was being taken. With this information, the company can be able to identify the farm and slaughterhouse where the meat was gotten within a short time. Cows are usually registered immediately they are born; hence everything that they go through from then till they are slaughtered is usually recorded included the number of owners the cows have gone through.
The boxes contain a unique code that can even help the companies to know the exact cow that the meat was gotten from. According to a OSI Group McDonalds representative, Eunice Koekkoek, the company ensures that the cows are slaughtered in their native country to avoid transporting them for long distances. The meat used by OSI Group McDonalds to manufacture the burgers is always compliant with the European and national standards. McDonald’s has thirty-seven thousand restaurants across the globe, and hence every decision it makes must be geared towards the sustainability of all the restaurants.
OSI Group’s Gunzburg factory in Germany is one of the largest producers and distributors of McDonald’s hamburgers. The factory can make a weekly production of nearly thirty million burgers. However, both OSI Group McDonalds do not usually use all the burgers. This is just to ensure that they have extra burgers to provide to the consumers in case there is a rapid increase in demand. OSI Group ensures that it adheres to strict hygiene during the production process to ensure it meets the safety standards. The factory has two hundred employees, but only a few of them are needed to be available per shift to handle the production process. After production, the burgers are then distributed to the various OSI Group McDonalds restaurant from the distribution center right next to the factory. It takes only three weeks for the hamburger to be served to the customer, from the time the cow was slaughtered.