The OSI Group is an impressive company whose history dates back 100 years. Otto Kolschowsky founded a humble butcher shop in 1909 in Chicago, and this eventually became the OSI Group. Today the company has expanded all over the world, and their focus is on sustainability, green practices, and food safety. Their growth originally began when they became the first company to supply McDonalds with hamburgers in 1955. In 1973, they opened a special plant specifically for this purpose. Sheldon Lavin joined the business as a partner in the 1970’s. By the 1980’s, the company began to expand in the United States, Poland, the Philippines, and Mexico.
Expansion increased with the new millennium, with new acquisitions in the 2000’s. The OSI Group joined the beef industry in Australia, and expanded their business in American poultry in 2006. By 2010, they started beef production in Japan, and expanded into Canada, and India. In 2014, a joint venture was established with Pickstock in the United Kingdom to expand beef distribution. The venture with Select Ready Foods in Alberta established port, beef, and chicken production in Canada. Germany became a part of the fold with a venture with the supermarket chain EDEKA.
The OSI Group continued their expansion when they purchased one of Tyson’s production plants in Chicago, Illinois. In 2016, they gained the controlling interest in Baho Food which opened access to the Netherlands and Germany. This increased their meat production in Europe, and added quick snacks, and deli meats to their production. In 2016, Flagship Europe became another acquisition for the OSI Group, and sauces, pies, sous vide items, and frozen poultry were accessible. This was when they made plans for green improvements, and additional safety at their facilities.
The Hynek Schlachthof GmbH acquisition in Germany followed in 2016. The slaughter house is near Frankfurt and the strategic placement allowed the OSI Group to broaden their fresh meat distribution throughout Europe and Germany. The acquisition was perfectly times due to the high demand for meat, and the local livestock producers the slaughterhouse was already working with. This gave the OSI Group sustainable supply chains, and promoted their green practices.
These expansions have placed the OSI Group in the position of one of the world’s best-established suppliers of food solutions. They provide bacon, sausage, pork, steak, vegetables, bread, and cheese to the world. Their excellent products, and services provide high-quality, and convenient foods in numerous countries.
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