OSI Food Solutions is one of those companies that has been around for a very long time. This particular company is now the largest food processor in the world, but it started out as just a family-owned business. Back in the day, OSI Food Solutions was known as Otto & Sons. Otto Kolschowski, the company’s founder, came to America with a dream. Kolschowksi came to America in the early 1900s as he was one of over 100,000 German-immigrants who flocked to the Chicagoland area. Many of these German-immigrants became successful with their farms and small businesses. Otto & Sons just so happened to be one of the most successful small businesses out of the bunch.
As of today, OSI Food Solutions has more than 20,000 employees, and it’s always on the lookout for ambitious-minded individuals to fill its many open slots. On top of that, the company’s employees work in some of the most technologically advanced facilities. These facilities are located throughout world in India, Hungary, Germany, Japan, China, Brazil, Spain and many other locations. OSI Food Solutions has also worked with some of the biggest names in modern-day foodservices such as Burger King, McDonald’s, Yum, Starbucks, Subway and Pizza Hut. This particular list can go on and on for days so there is no need to try and list them all. So, what kind of food products does OSI offer? The answer to this question can literally go on and on for days, but OSI offers:
• Flavored Sausage
• Beef Patties
• Chicken Fried Steak
• And many more
This short article only grazes the surface of OSI Food Solution’s magnitude. When it comes to producing and selling top-of-the-line food products, this company is a cut above the competition.
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In the past five years, OSI Industries has invested heavily in the expansion of its operations in different parts of the globe. The growth started picking up in the 1970s when Sheldon Lavin joined the company as an equal partner. He then rose to the position of chairman and CEO making it even better for the company to focus on international growth. Sheldon Lavin has been the driving force of the company ion its local and international markets. He has taken several measures to boost production as well as the spread of the company’s products in years to come. Here we will look at some of the purchases and acquisitions that have been done by OSI Industries in the past five years.
OSI bought a food plant formerly owned by Tyson Foods. This plant occupies 200,000 square feet of space which creates enough room for OSI to engage in its food production business more effectively. The acquisition of this plant has increased production of products to their market in North America. The new facility is located close to another facility that they owned. The new plant will accelerate the pace of growth for this company in coming years. The Tyson Foods plant was designed for the production of poultry products, but now it is going to be involved even in other production procedures.
The other acquisition that has been made by OSI Industries is the purchase of Flagship Europe. In December 2016, OSI bought this company to increase its presence in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe. This plant is responsible for the supply of frozen poultry, distributed pies, and dressing for food service business. After the partnership with OSI, the company was renamed to Creative Foods to show the kind of creativity they apply in production work. Creative Foods had in its parts acquired a company known as Calder Foods just before OSI Industries acquired it.
The acquisition of Creative Foods Europe by OSI will open many opportunities for the company. The firm will have a tighter grip on the market since they have partnered with a globally recognized food company. It will also be able to reach its customers more effectively with the assistance it is receiving from OSI.
On its part, OSI Industries is pleased with the deal since it has opened its products to new markets around Europe. It has also solidified its place as a globally established food company.
OSI Group has seen a lot of changes over its history. When this food processing company was established in 1909 it was a retail store specializing in meat-based products with an attached butcher shop. The owner of this company at the time, Otto Kolschowsky, was an immigrant to America and very ambitious. Within 10 years he started to develop a wholesale side of the business and began supplying other butcher shops regionally. In the 1920s he brought his two sons into the business and rebranded his family-owned company as Otto & Sons.
As time went on the wholesale side of the business became the main focus. 1955 was a critical year in the history of OSI Group. It was in that year that Otto & Sons was chosen by Ray Kroc to be his exclusive provider of beef that would be used in his restaurant’s hamburgers and cheeseburgers. For those unfamiliar with Ray Kroc, he was the owner of the very first McDonald’s franchise. Before long he bought McDonald’s as he continued opening more and more locations. As McDonald’s expanded Otto & Sons did so right alongside it. Supplying McDonald’s restaurants rapidly became the primary task of Otto & Sons.
The next fateful year in this company’s history was 1975. Sheldon Lavin, a financial consultant, helped out Otto & Sons and in doing so developed a strong relationship with the founder’s two sons who were still running it. The two sons asked Sheldon Lavin to join the company and so he became its CEO and one of the owners. Under his leadership, the company, now named OSI Group, expanded internationally and can now be found in countries around the world.
OSI Group today is a huge multinational firm that has many customers in both the restaurant and grocery industries. They long since moved beyond just supplying processed beef to their customers. They moved into supplying other proteins such as pork, seafood, and chicken. They also process fruits and vegetables for their customers. Additionally, they create value-added processed food such as pizzas, taquitos, panini, flatbread, frozen entrées, soups, salsa, and more.