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 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.