OSI Group, a privately owned company, is a meat processor industry based in America, with its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois, US. It was founded in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky, a Germany immigrant as a family market for meat in Illinois. In 1917, Otto grew the business into a wholesale meat company and moved it to Maywood, Chicago. The company adopted the name “Otto & Sons” in the year 1928. For many years, Otto & Sons offered high-quality meats to and established a great local reputation.
In the year 1955 McDonald’s opened a store in Illinois and endorsed Otto and Sons as their exclusive meat suppliers. Ray Kroc, the McDonald’s architect, and CEO established a fast personal relationship with the Otto Kolschwsky’s sons over time. Otto & Sons continued to supply meat to McDonald’s restaurants and other local hotels. By the year 1975, the business had grown in both size and prosperousness and changed its brand’s name to OSI Group. It remained the sole supplier of beef to McDonald’s which had expanded geographically.
In 2011, OSI Group was listed by Forbes as the 136th biggest private company in America, with 3 billion USD annual revenues. And in 2016, it was number 58 on Forbes list, at 6.1 billion USD.
OSI Group operates in the United States with subsidiaries in Chicago, West Chicago, Geneva, Iowa, Oakland, Utah, West Jordan, Fort Atkinson, Riverside, Wisconsin, and California. The industry produces various private label food brands and supplies them to various foodservice businesses and retailers. Currently, the company has over 60 branches in 16 countries across the world.
In August 2016, OSI Group acquired Baho Food, a Dutch producer of deli meats, snacks and other convenient foods that served both the retail segments and food service businesses. The main aim of acquisitions Baho Food was to give OSI Group a wider presence in Europe.
Baho Food had five subsidiaries, with manufacturing firms in Netherlands and Germany. The five companies include; Gelderland, Vital Convenience, Frischwaren, Bakx Foods, Q Smart Life and Henri van de Bilt. They served customers from 18 countries.
The managing director of Baho Food, John Balvers together with his team remained part and parcel of OSI executives. They developed strategies on how to run the newly merged companies.
OSI Group has been the largest supplier of both fresh and processed meat to North America, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, and Pacific regions. It is also the exclusive supplier to China’s largest fast food store such as Subway, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, and Papa John’s Pizza. Its main products include; bacon, meat patties, fish, poultry, pizza, dough and vegetable products.
Under the leadership of the Illinois Tycoon Sheldon Lavin, the chairman, and CEO of the 60 years old OSI Group, all OSI’s facilities have been awarded for proper safety and health risks management, and also for being environmentally friendly.
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