Throughout Mexico, Jack Landsmanas Stern (or Jack Landsmanas) is a man who needs little introduction. The influential businessman and philanthropist runs the food service industry giant known as Corporate Kosmos, the leading provider of food services in Mexico. With three companies under its control (La Cosmopolitana, Serel and Kol Tov), the prominent, people-oriented corporation has made its mark across the country. And with Jack Landsmanas at the helm, Corporate Kosmos continues to search for more ways to help build a better Mexico.
Serving as a national (and often global) leader is not easy, and requires the dedicated efforts of Landsmanas and its many motivated workers to maintain the high quality standards established during decades of exceptional service. Where did such a service start? With Landsmanas’ grandfather, Don Pablo Landsmanas.
Don Pablo Landsmanas emigrated to Mexico from his native Lithuania in 1959. Eager to make an impact in his new home, Pablo set to work learning the tricks and trades of the food service industry. Shortly after, he opened his first business: the butcher shop “La Modelo”. What started as a small family meat warehouse, slowly evolved into a Corporate Kosmos. However, despite large-scale growth, Pablo Landsmanas core values and business principles persisted.
Don Pablo Landsmanas emigrated to Mexico from his native Lithuania in 1959. Eager to make an impact in his new home, Pablo set to work learning the tricks and trades of the food service industry. Shortly after, I opened his first business: the butcher shop “La Modelo”. What started as a small family meat warehouse, slowly evolved into a Corporate Kosmos. However, despite large-scale growth, Pablo Landsmanas core values and business principles persisted.
Luckily for the citizens of Mexico, this altruism runs in the family. Since assuming leadership of the Kosmos Corporate, Pablo’s grandson Jack Landsmanas has found new ways for this service industry leader to help Mexico. Currently, Kosmos Corporate serves more than 800 tons of food daily to more than 3 million Mexican citizens.
Furthermore, these services are not limited only to land. With the burgeoning oil and fishing industries off the coast of Mexico, Jack Landsmanas and his team provide food and other services to workers who spend more time in water than on land.
In 2016, Landsmanas announced the creation of the Don Pablo Foundation. A loving tribute to his grandfather, the Don Pablo Foundation regularly joins with Corporate Kosmos to improve the economic and social environments of Mexico. Furthermore, all parties involved are dedicated to maintaining high environmental standards, particularly as the service extends to all types of geography.
Environmental security in action: Mexico's fishing industry
Corporativo Kosmos has been successful not only on its own merit, but also because the food industry is a pillar of the Mexican economy. Meat production is essential for both consumption and export, and estimates suggest that citizens of Mexico consume more than 8 million tons of meat products per year. In fact, the country ranks seventh in the world in meat production.
This does not mean that other sectors fail. After all, Mexico’s climate (and geographic location) is ideal for a flourishing fishing industry. And while it might not be as profitable as meat production, Mexican fishing has seen an 8.7% increase in production value since 2016.
The offerings are diverse but abundant with mojarra, tuna and shrimp. Given the growth and success of the industry, it is no surprise that Jack Landsmanas and Corporate Kosmos are involved in some way.
Landsmanas is widely recognized for its commitment to sustainability. He guides his practices as CEO (director) and entrepreneur. Together with the National Commission for Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA), the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) and other related organizations, Corporativo Kosmos has played a crucial role in the development and implementation of initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability in the fishing.
The certification of more than 25% of Mexico’s fisheries under the standards established by the “Marine Stewardship Council”, an independent non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable fishing, is notable. These standards include:
1. Sustainable fish stocks
If fish are removed from the ocean at dangerously high levels, it jeopardizes any future production (and subsequent consumption). It is imperative to maintain balanced fishing levels and allow fish stocks to remain healthy.
2. Minimization of environmental impact
Fishing practices must be environmentally conscious and strictly controlled. Attention should be paid to other ecosystems close to the work area of a fishery to ensure that they are not adversely affected.
3. Management of fishmongers
The management practices in fisheries that certification seeks are subject to revision. Effective fisheries follow local laws and adapt to changing environmental practices and conditions.
Another major step towards establishing consistent environmentally conscious practices has been the implementation of aquaculture.
Aquaculture (or aquaculture) focuses on the cultivation of creatures and plants that inhabit the sea. Fish, crustaceans, molluscs, plants, algae, and other organisms found in the sea fall under the umbrella of aquaculture. So how is this different from a basic fishing trip?
Aquaculture specifically focuses on harvesting fresh and salt water populations under controlled conditions. The key here is balance. Jack Landsmanas and Corporate Kosmos understand this: As large operators in the food industry, they constantly seek better ways to maintain quality production levels without depleting Mexico’s resources.
With aquaculture come established systems that focus on production, recirculation, cage culture, hybrid forms of aquaculture and agriculture, and aquaponics (combining elements of aquaculture with hydroponics).
Because the efforts of the Corporate Kosmos travel by land and sea, Jack Landsmanas remains heavily invested in the daily efforts that affect his corporation’s offerings and impact Mexico.
Perhaps what separates Jack Landsmanas more than anything from other leaders is this involvement in every step of his corporation’s processes. Many CEOs, despite wanting to think (and often being hired to think) long-term, don’t because they are quickly affected by their day-to-day tasks.
Jack Landsmanas has accomplished the opposite. Under his direction, Corporativo Kosmos is one of the most influential corporations in all of Mexico. Landsmanas is known for his long-term strategy. You don’t get involved in something solely because of your job. He has a true passion and concern for everything that falls under his competence.
When it comes to the fishing industry, the Kosmos Corporate has two stock groups. One of its companies, Kol Tov, operates mainly from Ciudad del Carmen in Campeche, supplying the necessary food for the floating house units that serve as temporary homes for the oil workers on the coast. Given the location, it is natural that much of the stored food is fish. Therefore, a commitment of the Corporate Kosmos towards the best practices of the sustainable industry.
Don Pablo Landsmanas often preached the three “P’s”: Passion, Perseverance, and Philanthropy. Jack Landsmanas, in character and values, is no different. Its foundation operates under the mantra, “For you, for them, for Mexico”, a phrase that is intimately intertwined with everything that Corporate Kosmos does.
The goal is always to change, but a good change requires good people in command of the boat’s oars. Along with a talented workforce and their well-earned relationships with government officials and sustainability advocates, Jack Landsmanas Stern is building a new Mexico. A better Mexico. One where people come first, all the time.
And with a “people first” mindset there is a need for long-term sustainable practices. Mexico has its agents of change in place. Through a balanced approach, collaborative effort, and futuristic thinking, it’s fair to assume that things can only get better.
Corporate Kosmos, under transformative leadership and through the heroic efforts of its three companies, plans to be there every step of the way.