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.