OSI Group is a historic fixture in the industry of food processing. The company began as a small meat market in Illinois over 100 years ago. The founder was a German immigrant who had a vision of taking his idea to an unforeseen level. The company thrived over the decades as Otto Kolschowsky created a foundation that he would eventually pass on to his sons. Otto built a reputation for providing a quality product. They specialized in meat while servicing various types of food and beverage businesses.
Otto Kolschowski expanded his business into the wholesale meat trade in 1917. The company would become known as Otto & Sons in 1928. Business took a major turn when Otto & Sons met Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc had recently become CEO of McDonald’s. McDonald’s was experiencing enormous growth. Ray Kroc was looking for partners to help with its expansion. Their efficient business practices and innovative methods strengthened the relationship between McDonald’s and Otto & Sons over the years. The meat company was at the forefront of cryogenic food processing. This allowed Otto & Sons to hold a large stock of supplies for its clients without sacrificing the freshness of the product. Otto & Sons would eventually enter into agreement with the restaurant giant.
Otto & Sons brought several unique ideas to the meat supply industry. They were able to develop techniques that catered to specific clients and their needs. The patty forming machine was a groundbreaking introduction. It saved McDonald’s a significant amount of time and money. Otto & Sons also introduced cryogenic freezing tunnels. This allowed them to maintain a large supply of product for substantial periods of time. Eventually they would branch out to provide services for other businesses besides McDonald’s. The company focused on small local restaurants as well as supermarkets.
Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI in 1975. By this time they were the exclusive supplier of meat to McDonald’s. OSI would blossom into and international business as McDonald’s continued to grow geographically.
OSI currently has plants in Chicago, Geneva and West Chicago Illinois. There are also locations in Oakland, Iowa, West Jordan, Utah, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and Riverside California. Their operation has expanded worldwide. There are 17 facilities operating in several different countries including Europe and Asia.
They reported an annual revenue of over three billion dollars in 2011. It’s plants in the U.S. go by the name OSI Industries LLC.
It focuses on what it does best. Supplying meat around the world in an efficient manner at the highest quality is what established OSI Group. The company continues to be the number one supplier to fast food restaurants around the world. Popular chains in China such as Subway, Starbucks, Papa John’s Pizza and Pizza Hut rely on OSI to deliver the quality product they always have.
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