The Revolution and Transformation of OSI Group

OSI Group is one of the largest private companies in the United States. In 2016 Forbes ranked it No 58 with a sale of 6.1 billion US dollars. This achievement is incredible for a company that started in Chicago, Illinois in 1909. Kolschowsky, a German immigrant, started up a small butcher shop in the city. After the end of the Second World War, he expanded his small retail meat market to a wholesale business. The family business was rebranded to Otto & Sons in 1928.

The partnership between Ray Kroc and Otto & Sons would later prove to be a great success and a new revolution to the whole production and processing of meat. OSI Group acquires Baho Food. The two decades following the handshake saw a significant transformation as Otto & Sons who were just regular regional suppliers in Chicago became a global corporation now known as OSI Group in 1975. The McDonald restaurants were being established in every city-state all over the US, and this brought more pressure to Otto& Sons as they were one of the four main meat suppliers for the McDonalds. And indeed they stepped up to the challenge as they also expanded their operations to meet the high meat demand.

Otto & Sons invented a new processing technology that made their task even much easier and affordable. The flash freezing technology which involves quickly freezing food products using liquid nitrogen indeed was a significant breakthrough for the Otto & Sons. After Otto & Sons establishing themselves as OSI Group, they diversified their operations in two ways. One, they would remain a constant supplier and supply food products locally, and another advance their operations to the Midwest. Appointing Lavin as the new chairman and CEO, his experience in investment and banking expertise has proved crucial to the company’s growth. OSI has expanded its operations in Mexico, India, Austria, Brazil, Poland, Hungary among many other countries. OSI Group process and supply various food products such as cow beef, poultry meat, and sausage.

OSI is thoroughly committed to integrating its technology to ensure food security and maintain a collaborative partnership with the producers. OSI has also won many environmental awards, some of them include: British Globe of Honor (2016), California Green Business Award (2016), Environmental Recognition Award (2018) from NAMI (North America Meat Institute)

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