The food service industry is one of the largest industries in the modern world. This industry includes processing, shipping, creating, and other forms of manipulation of foodstuffs, usually for resale in retailers. This industry dominates many nation’s economies and has made a lasting mark on the world’s history, making millionaires out of men and women through the years. The OSI group is one of these companies. Founded by the Kolschowsky family, a group of German immigrants, OSI began its existence under the name of Otto and Sons.
Specialising in quality meat products, the company had established itself as a reliable source of high quality meat over the years, and eventually drew the attention of a still small restaurant chain owned by two brothers. Otto and Sons eventually became one of the only suppliers of the chain, and after the rebranding of the Otto and Sons to the OSI Group, became the sole supplier of the chain, seeing its own massive returns along with the burger stop. With the fast food revolution in the 60s, caused by cryogenically preserving food, McDonalds left most of its beef suppliers, keeping only four, with Otto and Sons being one of them. That burger chain where Otto Kolschowsky made his start was known as, and is still called McDonalds, with the success of the fast-food stop dragging many other companies up with it, including OSI.
Despite the company’s success, OSI has remained private over the years, and in 2016 was rated #58 on Forbes largest privately owned businesses. OSI has more than 60 production plants around the world, located in 17 different countries. In terms of production, OSI produces numerous private name labels, as well as co packing various larger brands for its retail and food service customers. OSI produces meat patties, bacon, hot dogs, pizza, fish, pork, poultry, vegetable and dough products, and other assorted food products, with a heavy emphasis on meat and fish.
In recent years, OSI has been expanding itself globally. It’s recent acquisition of Baho Foods, a Dutch manufacturer of convenience foods, such as bagged chips, pretzels, etc, has created a much more solid foothold in Europe for the American based company. However, OSI’s sight is still focused on America as well, having purchased a former Tyson Foods manufacturing plant located in Chicago in June of 2016. With the 200,000 square foot facility, OSI will surely seek to expand its production capabilities in the United States, maintaining a healthy growth rate at home and abroad.
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