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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