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OSI Industries : Setting the Trend in Value Addition

OSI Industries has established itself as one of the leading suppliers of food products to retail food brands around the world. The company prides itself of a global food supply chain and extensive capabilities when it comes to developing custom food products.

Currently, OSI industries has operations in more than 17 countries with 65 facilities spread across different regions. The company has grown into a major corporate business with over 20,000 employees working in its processing and value-addition facilities. This is a remarkable achievement considering the fact that the company had very humble beginnings.

The American immigrant experience shaped the company’s history in a great way. The company began as a small retail meat market in 1909 under the initiative of Otto Kolschowsky who was a member of the German immigrant-community in Chicago. In fact, the first butcher shop was in Oak Park, Chicago. The significant number of German immigrants in Chicago formed the company’s customer base during its initial years. Chicago was a major entry point for German immigrants who were largely served by Otto’s family butcher shop. In 1928, the family-based business was rebranded as Otto & Sons.

After the Second World War, the company entered into a partnership with MacDonald as its main supplier of freshly ground meat and has since then established partnerships with other franchises around the world. The company took off and experienced massive growth after it became the major supplier for Macdonald’s restaurants in the United States and other parts of the world. As the number of McDonald restaurants increased, Otto & Sons got more business. OSI Group buys former Tyson Foods plant in Chicago

By 1975, the company had transitioned into a two-track company due to its historic connection with MacDonald and rebranded to OSI industries. The company had developed into a technologically advanced company after building its first plant in 1973 in Chicago. It was quite evident that the company was no longer the family butcher shop that was set up at the beginning of the 20th century. In order to expand internationally, the company had to change its leadership structure as part of the transition. Since then, OSI industries has established other 64 plants outside Chicago to meet the needs of its clients. OSI Group acquires Baho Food