The food production mogul that is OSI Group

It is hard to imagine that someone is living in America who hasn’t heard of OSI Group or even saw the name on a pack of products. OSI Group is a global meat processing company that supplies meat to retailers and people in the food industry.

In the early 1900s when Germans inhabited a quarter of Chicago, one Mr. Otto Kolschowsky opened a retail market and a butchery to serve his community. By 1919, he had begun another one in Maywood, Chicago. In 1928, the business was named Otto & Sons, and it continued to expand to become an essential wholesale business or the American. In 1945, Oto’s sons agreed with a person called Ray Kroc. He was an employee of Richard and Maurice McDonald in their family restaurant. Kroc had just opened a second McDonald’s restaurant and agreed to have Otto & Sons deliver him meat for the burgers made at the restaurant.

After a few years, Kroc bought the two McDonald’s and expanded them using the franchise mode. At this point, Otto & Sons were one among a hundred suppliers of ground meat. However, the technological breakthrough in the late 60s made it possible for Otto’s sons to preserve their product at an affordable price. As a result of their close ties with Mr. Kroc, Otto’s business was able to supply meat to many of the McDonald’s restaurants hence making them among the top four suppliers.

In a bid to better handle their business with the McDonald’s food chain, they built their first plant dedicated to flash freezing patties for the McDonald’s hamburgers. They took up the name OSI Industries in 1975 as part of the expansion. As McDonald’s veered into the national platform, OSI Group followed suit. The growth of the duo was accompanied by many alterations that saw Mr. Sheldon Lavin become the CEO of OSI Industries.
Other changes that proceeded these include K&K foods from Taiwan and Nation Pizza and Foods (USA) among many others. OSI Group’s expansion saw them open other plants such as the LEED-Certified plant in Poland. OSI acquires UK’s Flagship Europe.

OSI Group diversified their protein production to include various types of meat, beans, tofu products and pizza among others. Recently, OSI Group had an estimated value of $6.1 billion and was ranked #58 on Forbes List of America’s Largest Private Companies.

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OSI Group is a giant in the supply of convenience foods to restaurants and retail brands

From humble beginnings to being the primary meat supplier for McDonald’s, OSI Group was founded in 1909 as a family business by a German immigrant. The company was initially known as Otto’s Meat Market during its founding and later changed its name to Otto & Sons in the year 1928. The firm became OSI Industries LLC in 1975 and when it was launched on the global platform, it became known as OSI Group.

The company now has its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois and other branches of offices located in German and China. OSI Group is among the leading companies processing convenience foods for restaurants. One of the crucial keys to their success is the standardization of their production and food safety as well as the establishment of valued relations with the food partners and other organizations.

The company has about 65 facilities that are carrying out processing and production in 17 countries and has employed over 20,000 employees. OSI has had numerous partnerships and mergers with warehouses, processing plants, poultry facilities, and farms to leverage value-added products of food to restaurants and other retail brands. The company has taken the food industry by storm with the objective of becoming the primary provider of foods to leading brands in Europe, North America and other parts of the world.

Other facilities under OSI are also located in China, Australia and Philippines. A facility in Toledo Spain recently received funding from OSI to increase their chicken production capabilities of chicken in an effort to create a variety of products. Also, the facility’s capacity for processing pork and beef improved and an increase in the workforce. Subsequently, the local demand of chicken and chicken products increased from 6% to 8% annual consumption.

The employment of new facilities goes a long way in helping the company to develop new and exciting products. The company is keen on complying with the Environmental Standard ISO 14001 and the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme. Between the years 2016-2017, the OSI Group company ventured into acquisitions of various companies and facilities spearheading their global expansion.

These acquisitions include the Dutch manufacturer Baho food that dealt with convenience foods, deli meats, and sacks. The launching of a new facility in Philippines a partnership called GenOSI. The President and Chief Operating Officer David McDonald looked forward to consistent growth of the company based on the rate of acquisitions and partnerships the company was involved with.

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OSI Group – Safeguarding the Environment while Expanding their Territories

OSI group offers various food solutions in the UK. On November 25th, 2016 the company was presented with the prestigious Globe of Honours Award by the British Safety Council. The Award was in association with the excellent management concerning the various environmental risks and presented during City of London Drapers Hall luncheon.

The company achieved the needed five stars rating according to the environmental management audit of British Safety Councils for the period starting August 2015 to July 2016. The company also demonstrated to the panel of experts who are independent that they have sound environmental management skills throughout their business starting from the shops to their boardrooms. OSI Food Solutions UK believe in being the leading organization in adopting and increasing an integrated approach. The approach that places environmental protection in forehand, and equal to safety and health hence making their operations become more sustainable. The OSI Group in the UK has operated since 1989 with production facility located in Scunthorpe producing pork and beef products.

The OSI Group L.L.C has expanded its global presence by acquiring a Dutch manufacturer Baho Food. They manufactured convenience foods, snacks and deli meat serving the retail segments and food services. The Baho Food will add the OSI Europe business giving it a broader portfolio of brands and products and complementing the OSI processing strength and broadening the company capability of serving the various interests of their customers evolving needs. Baho has its processing’s plants in the Netherlands and the neighboring country Germany. They also have five other subsidiaries that include the Bakx Foods, the Q Smart Life, the Gelderland Frischwaren, the Henri van- de Bilt, and Vital Convenience. The companies serve European 18 Countries.

The Managing director of Baho Food John Balvers and his managers with remain and work with the OSI executive and help in developing their business growth strategy for their combined companies. According to Mr. Balvers being part of OSI international Group means offering their clients and suppliers an excellent relationship and high-quality products. He believed that Baho Food joining OSI Group is well equipped and positioned into leveraging the capabilities and experience of the company. The combined strengths will make it easier and better to support their customers’ needs realizing their strengths and offering them broader products portfolio. The transaction accelerates the company’s growth strategy and helps them overcoming their weakness and fulfilling their goals. OSI Group is well renowned in the food industry globally for their strong heritage in service and quality.

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