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The Unassailable OSI Group At 100

From the tremendous growth of OSI Group in the past 100 years, it is vivid that a journey of a thousand mile begins with a single step. The company began as a butcher shop and it is now unbelievable that it has become one of the leading multinational solution providers in matters of food. Currently, the group has over 20,000 employees in 65 facilities in more than 17 countries across the globe offering its quality services in United States, Europe, China and other areas.

The foundation OSI Group dates back in 1909 at the period when there was German immigration into United States, Chicago. One of the immigrants was Otto Kolschowsky who was living at Oak Park at the western side of Chicago. Being business oriented, he started a retail meat market and also a butcher shop with an aim of serving the community. This was after only two years of arriving in the US. After a decade, he had expanded to Maywood and had become a wholesale business. Later in 1928, the business was rebranded Otto & Sons and continued to be very successful.

In 1955 Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s modern restaurant but entered into an agreement with the Otto & Sons to be suppliers of the fresh meat. Kroc later bought the restaurant from Richard and Maurice McDonald and became the CEO. The restaurant grew rapidly and symbiotically did Otto & Sons did. After various transitions and technological advancements, the Otto became OSI Industries in 1975; this involved the involvement of Sheldon Lavin as one of the partners who later became the CEO and the Chairman. The company grew to Germany and to Spain by 1980s; from then the OSI Group has grown to be one the largest private companies in the United States gracing the 2016 Forbes list at number #58 worth $6.1 billion.

K&K Foods saw OSI expand to Taiwan, Asia in 1987, GenOSI in the Philippines by 1990 while WFOE was an extension of the group to Beijing in China established in 1992. OSI Group also became a supplier to Yum, Starbucks, Subway, and Burger King among others. In the US, the group worked with Nation Pizza and Foods, opened brandy facilities in Chicago and Oakland. It has acquired Flagship Europe which was later in 2018 rebranded as Creative Foods Europe, besides; it acquired Baho Food and Tyson Foods in 2016.

The Group has earned several awards and recognition including Globe of Honor and California Green Business Award in 2016. The company continues to expand greatly while satisfying their customers’ needs fully.