OSI develops €25m beef plant in Poland

By Carina Perkins

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OSI Poland supplies McDonald's across Eastern Europe
OSI Poland supplies McDonald's across Eastern Europe

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McDonald's supplier OSI Food Solutions has begun construction of a multi-million-euro beef processing facility in Poland.

The company is investing €25m in the plant, which will replace an existing facility in Ostroda and is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2013.

The project will include a 6,000sq m three-storey processing facility and will have an initial production capacity of around 25,000 tonnes. However, the company said the total plot is 11.5 hectares, meaning that the plant could be extended further if demand requires.

OSI Poland’s managing director Waldemar Kowalkowski said that the redevelopment would safeguard the jobs of the 93 workers currently employed at the plant, with the potential for increasing employment at OSI by 30%.

OSI is a major supplier of McDonald’s and already exports burgers from Poland to Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Baltic states.

Phill Marsden, managing director for OSI Food Solutions Europe, said: "OSI has been working alongside McDonald's in Poland since the beginning, and with this investment we are creating the capacity to continue to support growth well into the future. We see this plant as an important strategic investment in a country with a strong agricultural future.​"

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