Few companies can boast of having existed for a whole century. More so considering thousands of businesses come up and fail within these 100 years. One venture, however, has stood the test of time by becoming one of the most significant food providers around the world. From humble beginnings, this company is the epitome of hard work, resilience, and commitment.
OSI Food Solutions is a leading food provider globally. It boasts of 65 facilities in 17 countries with over 20,000 employees. It began as a small butcher shop in 1909 owned by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant. It expanded to wholesale and thanks to its relationship with McDonald’s restaurant; it quickly skyrocketed to become one of its largest ground beef supplier to all its restaurants combined. At the time, the company was known as Otto & Sons but as it grew it rebranded to OSI Group to symbolize its two sectors: a leading supplier of McDonald’s and also a supplier to local markets and restaurants within the Chicago area. Although OSI began as a family business and for almost 70 years maintained its executive tier within the family, in 1975, Sheldon Lavin joined the company as a managing partner. Under his leadership of OSI Group has extended its reach not only within North America but also in Asia and Europe.
OSI Food Solutions bought out a storage warehouse and food processing facility owned by Tyson Foods in 2016. The facility, 200,000 square feet in size, is based in Chicago area and is quite near to OSI’s existing Chicago facility. This acquisition provided the infrastructure necessary for business growth. OSI Food Solutions also became the majority shareholder of a private Dutch meat processing company called Baho Foods. The company’s acquisition will complement OSI’s processing strength, especially across Europe.
Achievements and awards.
OSI Food Solutions has won the Globe of Honor thrice: in 2013, 2015 and 2016. This award is given to companies and organizations that have excellent management of environmental risks. Moreover, in 2014 it was ranked 39th on the list of Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies.
OSI has an excellent portfolio that dates back more than a century. Taking into account its prevalent growth, it is bound to increase its reach even further in the world.
OSI Food Solutions, a worldwide leader in custom food solutions was the recent recipient of a prestigious award from the British Safety Council. OSI was a recipient of the council’s Globe of Honour in 2016. The qualify for the award, an organization must attain a 5-Star rating from the council. The Globe of Honour was given to OSI Food Solutions in recognition of the company’s outstanding and devoted commitment to environmental management and sustainability. It was part of an award-winning year for OSI. 2016 also saw OSI Food Solutions Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Sheldon Lavin presented with the World Visionary Award from India’s Vision World Academy. This award recognized Sheldon’s outstanding achievement of building OSI from a regional food operation into one of America’s top 100 food businesses and the global leader that it is in the industry today.
2016 was also a big year for OSI Food Solutions in Europe. The company made a couple big expansions in the European market. One of these expansions took place in the British Isles with the acquisitions of Flagship Europe. The U.K. producers of speciality foods, pies, sauces and condiments is now under the OSI banner and being rebranded as Creative Foods Europe. OSI also made a big 2016 acquisitions in continental Europe with the acquisitions of Baho Food in the Netherlands. The Dutch food company has facilities in the Netherlands and Germany and maintains a large continental distribution footprint that is a huge boost to the OSI portfolio. OSI Food Solutions expects to attract many new accounts with these critical European acquisitions.
OSI’s chicken production in Spain has recently doubled with the acquisition of a new production line in the company’s facility in Toledo, Spain. The upgrades to the facility were in direct response to a significant growth in demand for chicken in the Spanish and Portuguese markets. The facility has upped its production of chicken annually from 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons.
In other OSI news related to increased production, the company recently purchased the former Tyson food plant in Chicago, near the home base of Aurora, Illinois. The addition of this plant, the second in the Chicago area, will be a huge boost for the company in terms of production. OSI Food Solutions expects that production of processed meat in the Chicago area will as much as double with the addition of the valuable facility.