US - Herb Lotman, the founder of Keystone Foods, supplier of McDonald's burger patties, poultry and fish has died aged 80.
A Philadelphia native, Herb Lotman began his career in the food industry with his family's wholesale beef business.
In the late 1960's Mr. Lotman and his partners pioneered cryogenics for McDonald's and developed a mass-production system for the manufacture of frozen hamburgers.
By the late 60's the company was selling its new and innovative product to the Golden Arches.
Keystone Foods developed and provided the first total distribution concept in the McDonald's system, enabling restaurant owners to save time and focus on customer service.
They were also instrumental in helping develop the Chicken McNugget in the1980's. Lotman built the company over 40 years from scratch to one that was generating more than $5 billion in sales annually.
Keystone opened operations in over 15 countries around the world and was rated 45 on Forbes' list ofAmerica's Largest Private Companies in 2010.
Six years ago Mr. Lotman retired from Keystone Foods to spend his time working tirelessly for the causes he believed in most. He was never too busy to advise or help young entrepreneurs, and there were many that came to him for guidance over the years.
He was an active member of the board and shared his management expertise with several charitable organizations including the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (where he served as Chairman for 15 years), The Children's Cancer Research Foundation, The International Board of the Ronald McDonald's House Charities, and most recently with revival of the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia.
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