How OSI Group Became One Of The World’s Top Food Companies

It is quite a miracle that you can go to your supermarket and get just about any type of fresh food you want. From ground beef to vegetables, fish, fruit, rice, pasta and more, any food you desire is at your fingertips at a low price. And one of the companies responsible for bringing you this food has been at it for over 100 years. That company, OSI Group, has become the worldwide leader when it comes to food production and distribution.

So who exactly is the OSI Group? The company was founded way back in 1909 by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky. This young entrepreneur started out by opening a meat packing and delivery business. Soon, the company would grow and rename itself Otto & Sons in 1928. In two decades, the company had become one of the top food distributors in the midwestern United States.

Otto & Sons would soon find their fortune a couple of decades later when they met a businessman known as Ray Kroc. This business relationship led Otto & Sons to become the lead food distributor for the world’s largest fast-food chain – McDonald’s. Using a new technology known as Cryogenic food processing, the company was able to deliver millions of pounds of fresh meat patties to McDonald’s locations all over the country.

Since then, the company has changed its name to OSI Group and has rapidly expanded around the world. Included in the company’s expansion was the acquisition of a Tyson chicken food plant in Chicago as well as the acquisition of the Dutch convenient food maker Baho Food. In addition to the Tyson and Baho acquisitions, OSI Group has also added food supplier Flasghip Europe to their portfolio. Altogether, these acquisitions have allowed OSI Group to better serve their clients which include supermarket chains all around the world.

While many companies see their quality compromised with expansion, OSI Group has only gotten better. In fact, the company received the 2016 Globe of Honour by the British Safety Council. Additionally, OSI Group was recognized as one of America’s 100 food companies by trade magazine Food Processing.

From quality food manufacturing to efficient distribution, OSI Group has become the global leader in food processing and management. It’s no wonder why more and more supermarkets, restaurants and fast food chains have relied on OSI Group for quality food, efficient distribution, and competitive pricing.