A Short History of the OSI Group

Osi Group is one of the largest suppliers of food products worldwide. Founded in 1928 under the moniker Otto & Sons it quickly gained local notoriety for offering quality meats. OSI began to reach a new height in the mid 1950’s when it began supplying meat patties to then up-start Mcdonald’s. The partnership between the two companies grew so strong over the years that OSI began relying heavily on the business of supplying beef to local McDonald’s restaurants.

In the early 1970’s OSI Group sought out funding to build a meat processing facility and become the Midwest supplier of hamburgers to McDonald’s Corporation. Shortly after the implementation of cryogenic food processing revolutionizing the fast food industry, Mcdonald’s no longer had the need for its large network of fresh beef suppliers. Mcdonald’s decided to shift from a network of roughly 150-200 fresh beef suppliers to only relying on four meat suppliers. OSI was chosen to be one of the four meat suppliers.

In 1975 OSI started looking into overseas investment opportunities. OSI expanded its business across North America and parts of Europe and continued its expansion plans into the 1980’s building facilities in South America and Taiwan. Click here to know more.

In the 1980’s OSI Chairman and CEO Sheldon took full control over the company’s direction and gained 100% voting control once the last remaining original owner decided to sell out. Lavin wanted to make sure OSI reached its full potential once he took control in the 1980’s. Though he started his career in finance he had no plans of returning to his former profession and dedicated his energy to building OSI into something big. Under Lavin OSI expanded into the Philippines, China, Australia, Japan, India and South Africa.

In 2016 OSI won the 2016 Globe of Honor Award by the British Safety Council. Today the global food supplier employs more than 20,000 individuals worldwide.

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Why OSI Group Is Such An Important Company

When you go to a fast food restaurant you probably don’t think a whole lot about where the food came from or how it was prepared, but the truth is a lot of work has been done to prepare it at processing plants that use high-tech equipment.

One company that runs many of these plants is OSI Group, a meat and special foods processing company based in Chicago. OSI Group has operations all over the globe and they distribute their foods through local businessmen who know the markets and know what customers in different regions expect from different foods.

OSI Group began back in 1909 by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky. He was a butcher by trade who opened a shop that stayed in the family for many years. The meats at this shop were of superb quality that the shop stayed in business even during the tough years of the Great Depression. In the 1950s, OSI Group became the chief supplier for the McDonalds fast food franchise, a relationship they’ve had for many years. But they’ve also supplied many other fast food restaurants and supermarkets since then.

OSI Group has acquired a lot of processing plants and even acquired food distribution companies across the globe. But unlike other major corporations, OSI Group often seeks to retain employees and managers at those companies and help fund them to grow their customer base. Some notable acquisitions OSI Group has made include Baho Foods and Flagship Europe. OSI Group also takes safety and environmental responsibility very seriously, and just this last year they were given the Globe of Honour at a conference hosted by the British Safety Council for responsible food manufacturing and safe employee practices. OSI Group has also been active in the community and supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities for young children with illnesses.

OSI Group, Leading America’s Food Sector

OSI Group is America’s leading meat processing company. Retail outlets and food service industry are the main customers of this company. OSI Group international headquarter is in Aurora city of Illinois state. OSI Industries, LLC is the name under which the company’s plants are operating in the US in cities like Oakland, West Jordan, Fort Atkinson, West Chicago, Riverside, and Chicago. OSI Group sells brand foods to food services and retail customers on a regular basis. The company is operating in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific region. OSI Group is now present in 17 countries with more than 65 facilities.

British Safety Council gave the Globe of Honor Award for 2016 to OSI Group for exceptional management of environmental risks. The ceremony took place in London’s Drapers’ Hall on November 25, 2016. Flagship Food Group based in Colorado sold Flagship Europe to OSI a few months ago. It is one of the major food suppliers to food service market of United Kingdom. In Chicago, OSI Group also bought a food processing facility and storage warehouse which was located near OSI’s plant. It has an area of the two-hundred-thousand square foot, and it was formerly owned by Tyson Foods. The company’s growing business and increasing demand were the reason behind this purchase.

Since its creation, OSI Group is operating with a mindset that is totally entrepreneurial and not corporate. It is why people who want to make a difference is the choice of OSI Group. The company believes their success is due to the smart people it has. Therefore, the company strives to create an environment where their employees get the encouragement and support they need to grow. OSI Group offers a wide range of products like specialty sausages, cooked and frozen beef patties, sandwich assemblies, processed and raw chicken products, hot dogs, bacon, smoked and kettle products, dough and pizza products, cooked pork and beef products, and breakfast sausages.

Dutch manufacturer Baho Food provides snacks, convenience foods, and deli meats to food service and retail segments. OSI Group bought Baho Food in December 2016 which will expand its presence in Europe and meet the continent’s demands. OSI group now stands on the fifty-eight spot on Forbes list of America’s Largest Private Companies. For Fiscal Year 2015, the company’s revenue was more than six billion dollars. Sheldon Lavin is the current Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of OSI Group. Under his leadership, the company has grown internationally, and now it is among top 100 food companies in the world.