Iowa State University was the site of the educational event for swine producers known as Swine Day. A crowd of more than 400 poured into the college’s Scheman building to take advantage of the opportunity to receive instruction from a variety of prominent speakers in the industry. One speaker that made a great impression on attendees was David McDonald of OSI Group who spoke regarding the future of the global food industry. Mr. McDonald is also a member of the North American Meat Institute’s board of directors and has a unique perspective on the various factors that influence the world’s consumption of meat.
David McDonald experienced a life as a child that was a study of the supply chain side of food processing while growing up on his family’s farm in Northeast Iowa. Once finished with high school, McDonald attending Iowa State University where he completed the requirements to attain a bachelor’s degree in animal science. His stellar performance while a senior at the college earned McDonald the Outstanding Senior Award named in honor of Wallace E. Barron.David McDonald is the president and chief operating officer of OSI Group, a company that in many ways has set the standard for success for privately held companies in the United States. He has been directly credit with a number of significant moves made by the company.
David McDonald played an instrumental role in the expansion of OSI Group into the country of China and was an integral part of the process that led to the company’s acquisition of Baho Foods. He has proven to possess a particular expertise in the logistics of food production and understands the inner workings of government agencies, dealings with local suppliers, and doing retail business in a number of international jurisdictions.McDonald explains that the team at OSI Group has always possessed a tremendous appetite for growth. and this was evident to him from the time he joined the company 30 years ago. He says that the company’s desire for constant growth and improvement is a core component of the company culture. He also explains that the OSI team from the beginning has always held the idea to one day become truly global as a main company goal.