The multinational meat and food processing firm, OSI Group, has been making strenuous efforts over the past decade to bolster its sustainability profile. OSI President David McDonald said that, for food processing companies around the globe, the concept of sustainability has quickly gone from a peripheral issue to one of major strategic importance.
That’s why OSI Group officials said they are delighted to be taking on Impossible Foods as a partner to make that firm’s all-plant-based Impossible Burger. Impossible Foods approached OSI when it began to face severe challenges in manufacturing enough of the vegan burger as the public embraced it with unexpected enthusiasm. Connect linkedin to see David Mcdonalds profile.
The Impossible Burger is easy on the environment when compared to burgers made from animal products. According to a study conducted by the environmental research group, Quantis, the Impossible Burger requires 87% less use of water, 96% less land and results in 89% less greenhouse gas emissions to produce. It also leaves behind 92% less aquatic pollutants.
OSI Group is best known for being one of the largest and most efficient suppliers of beef patties in the world. It is the primary supplier to McDonalds, a company it has partnered with since the mid-1950s.
Now that OSI is manufacturing the Impossible Burger, industry analysts are speculating about whether it will end up on the McDonalds regular menu. Other burger-giant chains already offer the Impossible Burger, including Burger King and White Castle.
McDonalds has occasionally trotted out a vegan burger in limited release in the United States. But in other countries where the fast-food giant operates, such as Sweden and Finland, the “McVegan” burger is already proving successful and popular. Some speculate the Impossible Burger is even more “meat-like” and tasty than the McVegan, however.
Whatever the case, OSI is perhaps the perfect provider to ensure a steady supply of Impossible Burger to a market for the product that is expanding at a remarkable rate. It’s currently offered in about 10,000 restaurants. That is likely to be 17,000 by the end of 2019.
OSI may also help the Impossible Burger get to grocery store shelves in the near future.