The OSI Group is one of the nation’s top supplier of meat products for private label food brands in the US and food service operations. They have over 65 working facilities in 17 countries that are located in Western and Eastern Europe, North America and the Pacific regions in Asia. The company has recently expanded their operations to distribute to more European countries after acquiring the Flagship Europe facility; they now produce different products such as: dips, sauces, marinades, mayonnaise, frozen pies, frozen poultry, dough, hot dogs and hamburgers.
OSI Group was founded in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky in Oak Park, Illinois. Otto Kolschowsky was a German immigrant that opened a family meat market after moving to the US. The company was known as Otto & Sons during 1928 and several decades after that. They had a very good reputation for their quality meat products and eventually formed a solid partnership with the fast food giant, McDonald’s in 1955. During that time, Otto & Sons was McDonald’s main beef supplier, they soon had to incorporate very innovative methods to preserve their food products. They had a massive meat factory in West Chicago that used cryogenic food processing methods that preserved foods with liquid nitrogen. Today, the OSI Group remains as a well-trusted source for supplying beef products to McDonald’s.
The company is currently led by Chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin, whom also serves as the President of OSI International Foods Ltd. Mr. Lavin’s goal is to continue the global expansion of the OSI Group and to create an ultimate international enterprise. The company’s foreign facilities were manufactured with the local’s taste in mind, they research and learn what they love to make sure the quality is exceptional and meets their needs. They have also supplied meat products to popular western fast food chains operating in China. These western fast food chains were KFC, Subway, Papa John’s Pizza, Starbucks and Pizza Hut.
OSI Group offer different services involving food processing, they offer packaging, contract manufacturing, and supply chain management. The company has reached an impressive revenue of $6.1 billion and is listed in Forbes as one of America’s largest private companies. In 2016, OSI Group received the prestigious Globe of Honor Award due to their environmental risk management performance and strategies. The company was congratulated for their efforts to treat environmental protection with the same respect as health and safety concerns.