OSI Group: Manufacturing Quality Food Products

OSI Industries is a leading food manufacturing company in the United States. They are considered to be the largest and the leading manufacturer and supplier of processed meat and high quality protein products in the United States, and in some other countries. The headquarters of OSI Industries can be found in the city of Aurora, Illinois, and they have experienced tremendous growth since their establishment in 1909. More than 20,000 people are currently working with OSI Industries, being stationed on a number of departments. OSI Industries is also operating in 17 countries, and more than 50 facilities are registered under the company’s name.

OSI Industries was established in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant who wanted to become successful in the United States. The initial name for OSI Industries was Otto & Sons, and it all began as a small stall within the meat market in the city of Oak Park, Illinois. Otto Kolschowsky managed the business, and as time went by, more customers are coming into his stall to purchase his high quality meat products. The revenue being made by Otto & Sons grew because of the rising number of their loyal customers, and after a decade, they managed to open another branch in the city of Maywood, Illinois. The name Otto & Sons was registered with the government 20 years after its establishment. The company keeps on growing as new business partners are signing deals with them. In 1955, McDonald’s Corporation approach Otto & Sons, offering a deal of becoming one of their business partners that would deliver fresh burger patties and other meat products to the growing fast food chain. Otto & Sons signed the deal, and they became partners with McDonald’s Corporation, which would become their largest and longest business partner. As Mcdonald’s Corporation expanded globally, Otto & Sons managed to grow their business as well, and the success of McDonald’s Corporation in building their fast food empire became beneficial to their partners, including Otto & Sons. In the 1960s, the meat freezing technology was invented, and McDonald’s Corporation has to terminate its contracts with some of its partners, but it spared Otto & Sons because of the trust that they have with the meat company.

Otto & Sons was renamed to OSI Industries in 1975, and it slowly became one of the largest companies in the United States. They also expanded to Asia and Europe and created several facilities that would house several livestock and slaughter houses. Currently, the value of OSI Industries is at $6.1 billion.

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How OSI Group has Rapidly Grown to a Globally Recognised Brand

OSI Group is a meat and food processing company located in Aurora, Illinois. It services the retail brands and foodservice industries. Its products include pizza, vegetable products, meat patties, bacon, poultry, fish, and hot dogs. OSI Group has recently acquired Flagship Europe, a company that supplies frozen chicken, pies, mayonnaise, dressings, sauces, and sous vide products to the UK foodservice market.

Following the acquisition of Calder Foods, a UK-based supplier of sauces, dips, sandwich fillings, marinades, and mayonnaise, Flagship Europe extended its presence in the food-to-go sector. Russell Maddock, Flagship Europe’s Chief Executive Officer, says that the acquisition is an exciting and progressive development. As part of the OSI Group, Flagship Europe will have increased access to resources and global markets and new clients in the global marketplace. That has also helped Flagship Europe to improve its proposition and open up new opportunities in the global marketplace.

David McDonald, OSI Group’s President, and COO said that bringing Flagship Europe aboard will help OSI Group to broaden its presence in Europe. Flagship Europe’s portfolio of products and brands complements OSI Group’s processing strength while increasing its capacity to meet the evolving needs customer needs.

OSI Group has also purchased a storage warehouse and food processing facility in Chicago to extend its presence in the United States. The infrastructure of the 200,000 square foot facility, which formerly belonged to Tyson Foods will support the continued growth of the business. The new facility enhances OSI Group’s capacity to meet rapidly growing customer needs. Kevin Scott, OSI Group’s Executive Vice President in North America says that the new facility will help broaden the company’s manufacturing network. However, terms of the acquisition and type of products that would be processed at the new plant were not disclosed.

About OSI Group

Located in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Group is a premier supplier of value-added protein items to retail brands and foodservice. OSI Group is a privately held corporation running nearly 60 processing facilities in 17 countries. Its bulk of poultry production is through its business unit, OSI China. With time, OSI Group grew to become one of the most influential companies in the global marketplace. It began as Otto & Sons, a small butcher shop, which eventually evolved into OSI Group. Over time, OSI Group has rapidly scaled from a domestic food processing plant to a globally recognized food and meat vendor.

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