If you shop in a neighborhood supermarket, eat at a fast food restaurant, or occasionally order a pizza, chances are you have encountered a product from OSI Group McDonalds. In 1955, when Ray Kroc was acting as a franchise agent for the McDonald brothers and looking to open McDonald’s restaurants in the mid-west, he chose OSI Group, then called Otto & Sons, as the supplier of ground beef hamburger patties. OSI Group has been around since 1909 when German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened a butcher shop in the West Chicago suburb of Oak Park.
Starting as a small, family-owned butcher shop, OSI soon expanded to include both wholesale and retail operations. Once they were linked to McDonald’s, growth became meteoric. Under experienced leadership, first of Kolchowsky sons Arthur and Harry, then of Investment Counselor Sheldon Lavin, who quickly became CEO, OSI Group McDonalds now operates plants in countries around the world and supplies what they refer to as “protein items,” including processed beef, pork, and chicken to multinational chain restaurants and retail operations.
As one of the largest privately held food processing companies in existence, OSI Group McDonalds continues to expand. By acquiring Baho Foods of the Netherlands, they opened their supply lines to companies in 18 European countries. Further expansion into Europe was accomplished by taking over Flagship Europe’s production of poultry, pies, and condiments.
With each expansion, OSI Group increases the diversity of its products. In the summer of 2016, OSI bought out the Tyson Foods plant in South Chicago for $7.4 million. It is the combination of expansion and innovation that has kept OSI as a market leader for so long.
President and Chief Operating Officer David McDonald states that tastes are “culturally dependent,” and can vary from place to place. OSI Group McDonalds invests seriously into learning the demands of each local market in order to tailor the product to the population.
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