OSI Industries the World’s Leading Manufacturer of Processed Foods

OSI Industries is an internationally recognized firm that deals with the processing of a wide variety of foods. OSI Industries focuses on the production of protein products which are packed and distributed to supermarkets around the world and the leading chain of restaurants. Some of the food varieties that the firm is known for processing include beef products, chicken and vegetables among others. The firm that was founded in 1909 has in recent years expedited its expansion plans through several mergers and acquisition. The Aurora Illinois based firm today under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin the chairman and CEO has grown to over 17 countries and manages more than 65 facilities that have employed more than 20,000 people.

OSI Industries has part of its expansion strategy in 2016 expanded to Europe through the acquisition of a controlling stake at Baho Food. Baho Food is a Dutch-based food processing company. The company subsidiaries are spread across Germany and the Netherlands. Baho Food at the time of its purchase was the leading supplier of processed foods in more than 18 countries in Europe. After the purchase OSI management plans to ramp up the firm’s production and boost sales.

OSI Industries expansion in Europe did not stop with the acquisition of Baho Food. The same year 2016 the firm made another purchase of Flagship Europe. After the acquisition OSI took over Flagship Europe production of frozen poultry including pies and condiments. OSI Group intends to use its machinery and expertise to revamp Flagship Europe.

OSI Industries is not only focused on the international expansion but also seeks to enhance its presence domestically. It appears 2016 was the year of acquisition as the firm made another domestic purchase of Tyson Food Chicago facility. The facility that was being operated by Tyson Foods was about to be shut down, and OSI saw it as an opportunity of expanding locally hence bought the facility. OSI purchased the facility at the tune of 7.4 million dollars. The closure of the facility would have resulted in massive job losses that would have negatively impacted the community. Fortunately, OSI came to the facility rescue, and the majority of the workers retained their positions.

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The Ubiquitous OSI Group McDonalds

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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OSI Group’s Rise to Success

Top retail brands seek out their food production from one supplier. Food service companies search for one supplier to produce and distribute all of their products. OSI Group is sought after by many brands. That is because the company has become the go to provider of food and food related products.

The company is able to meet the demands of their customers due to the financial means and company operated facilities OSI Group has to offer. They are one of the biggest privately held food production companies on the planet. They have massive operations and are able to source, curate, produce and deliver products all over the world for their customers. Curiosity, passion and agility are the traits this food provider has. The company is innovative and cutting edge. They are a trailblazer in the food category.

The company got its start at the turn of the twentieth century. It was not the food giant it is today. But instead it was a dream of an immigrant trying to make America his home. After getting settled in, two years later, a German immigrant opened up a small retail market to sell meats. The meats quickly became a favorite of the community. Within a decade, his small business was adding another location. Within ten more years, he was passing the business down to his sons. Otto & Sons became the new name and face of the small meat market. This generation of sons were on a mission to transform their father’s small meat market into a dominant food supplier.

After supplying hamburger patties to several hamburger franchises, the family ran business became OSI Group. The meat company worked itself up the ladder to becoming a food production company that opened facilities in Chicago and other parts of the U.S. Eventually factories stretched all over North America where the meat company could more effectively produce meat for their customers. From 1970 to 1980, the company opened more factories and bought more food companies. They established themselves as premier, well-liked and trustworthy in new markets. The company today is developed in many different markets. OSI Group is its founders greatest dream as it rules the world of food production.

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