OSI Group is a food processing company based out of Aurora, Illinois. The company was founded by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowski. OSI group began to grow to larger capacities when it started supplying McDonald’s franchise with meat patties. According to Forbes, OSI Group is currently among America’s 58 largest companies. With over 20,000 employees in several different countries, OSI provides many different food products to distributors, retailers and other types of food service companies. They currently bring around $6.1 billion in revenue, and in recent years they’ve expanded operations to continue producing and delivering high-quality food products to businesses across the globe.
OSI Group recently acquired a Tyson Food Plant in Chicago. Tyson was losing business at this location and they were preparing to shut down operations and let go of employees. OSI seized the opportunity and opened up shop, they also offered employment to many of the former Tyson employees. OSI also recently acquired Flagship Europe which supplies sauces and various condiments, frozen poultry, sous vide products, and pies to the UK foodservice markets. Chief Executive of Flagship Europe says that this a great opportunity for them, and becoming part of OSI Group will open up new areas of the marketplace and offer more opportunities to better serve their customer base. David McDonald, President of OSI says that the new acquisition will give OSI a broader presence in Europe.
Following their recent expansion into Spain, OSI Food Solutions has doubled chicken production capacity. By investing €17 million into building a high capacity production line, OSI has also created 20 job openings. The managing director of OSI Spain attributes the recent investments to a growing demand for chicken in Spain and Portugal. The new equipment also meets the company’s sustainability standards, standards that continue to rise as the demand for a sustainable approach to agriculture and food processing also continues to grow. The equipment reduces electricity usage by 20 percent, and the heat recovered from systems is repurposed to heat company water. This expansion project extends the company’s production capacity to over 45,000 tons of pork, chicken, and beef products.
In 2016 the Globe of Honour Award was presented to OSI Food Solutions UK from the British Safety Council for the exemplary management of environmental risks. Over and over again, OSI has demonstrated their ability to meet and exceed Environmental Protection standards.
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