McDonalds continues to be one of America’s favorite fast-food franchises because of its signature crafted sandwiches and deals like the dollar menu. But its tasty sandwiches and chicken items are made from meats supplied by a longtime partner company known as OSI Group. The OSI Group McDonalds venture has gone to markets all over the business world, and now there’s growth in Australia thanks to a new venture formed with Turi Foods. OSI had already had a presence in one part of the nation, but now they will be serving more customers and adding more unique Australian meat specialties to their high quality product line thanks to Turi Foods desire to team forces.
The OSI Group McDonalds partnership began in Chicago back more than 60 years ago. OSI was actually named Otto & Sons at that point and had been a family-owned retail meat market that had been supplying Chicago clients since being started in the Kolschowsky home in 1909. McDonalds started as the McDonald family’s local restaurant that they had plans for turning into a chain of restaurants, though it was businessman Ray Kroc who took over the restaurant and made that happen. He also inked the deal that began the OSI Group McDonalds partnership making the Kolschowsky company the sole leading food supplier of the restaurant’s meats. Other meat processors have since joined the supply chain, but McDonalds and OSI still remain inseparable.
Sheldon Lavin helped strengthen the OSI Group McDonalds capabilities when he joined OSI in the 1970s and helped finance the purchase and construction of the company’s first big operating plant. His financial acumen helped OSI strategically build its presence overseas to help McDonalds grow in places like Europe, Central Asia, Brazil and the East Asia and Pacific region. Lavin became chairman of OSI later and is still in that role today, though OSI President and Chief Operating Officer David McDonald has assumed more administrative tasks in recent years. The leaders of OSI Group McDonalds are also philanthropic partners who have supported many community organizations and also run the Ronald McDonald House Charities Organization, an organization that funds medical treatments for special needs children.