OSI Group, a global food processor, and Impossible Foods, makers of the award-winning Impossible Burger, launched a co-manufacturing partnership in August. OSI will begin producing the Impossible Burger at multiple OSI plants in September and continue to expand production of Impossible Foods’ products throughout 2019 and thereafter.
Based in California’s Silicon Valley, Impossible Foods makes meat and dairy products from plants. The privately held company was founded in 2011 by Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at Stanford University and a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.
“As a leading global protein provider, OSI is proud to partner with Impossible Foods on production of plant-based proteins to meet the demands of a growing market in line with consumer trends,” said OSI North America Senior Executive Vice President Kevin Scott. “We are a customer-centric company, and our mission is to supply our customers with world-leading protein products, working together to produce the best proteins for each market.” OSI has capabilities to source, develop, produce and distribute custom food solutions worldwide. The privately held company, based in Aurora, Ill., has more than 65 facilities in 17 countries.
“We conducted an exhaustive due diligence process to determine how to scale our manufacturing and were thoroughly impressed with OSI’s commitment to quality and responsiveness,” said Impossible Foods Senior Vice President of Product and Operations Sheetal Shah.
As OSI expands its product offering to include alternative proteins, OSI President and COO David McDonald reiterated the company’s commitment to farmers around the world, saying, “Expanding into plant-based proteins is an addition to our company’s product offering, not a replacement. OSI is committed to supporting sustainable farming and agriculture and will continue to put sustainability for all our supply chains and operations at the forefront of our mission.”
Keep an eye on QA for the full story of Impossible Foods, coming in our September/October issue.