The OSI Group: From Small Meat Market To International Food Production And Distribution

The OSI Group is a holding company for meat processors serving the food and retail service industries. It was founded by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky in Oak Park, Illinois 1909 as a meat market. The company expanded and ventured into the wholesale meat business in 1917. In 1928 the company became known as Otto & Sons. After making a handshake deal to provide McDonald’s with fresh ground beef patties, the company gained access to cryogenic technology and opened a high-volume meat plant in 1973 in West Chicago. The company’s name became OSI Industries in 1975.

Today the OSI Group is the world’s premier food distribution company. It is number 58 on Forbes list of America’s largest private companies and is valued at $6.1 billion. From its international headquarters in Aurora, Illinois it provides meat, vegetables and dough products to food service companies, supermarkets, restaurants and private label brands. It also provides meat to American fast food companies doing business in China. The company also has over 65 facilities located in 17 countries worldwide. They also have U.S. plants in California, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

The OSI Group produces bacon, dough, fish, hot dogs, meat patties, pizza, pork, poultry, vegetable and value-added food products for the top retail food brands and food service companies. Their facilities have received numerous awards for health and safety risk management and environmental management. The company has extensive custom food product development capabilities, management of global food supply chains, and the ability to process, distribute and deliver custom food products to maximize business opportunities. The OSI Group has 20,000 employees worldwide making quality custom food products.

The company partners with the leading companies to provide concept-to-table solutions which consumers worldwide love. The OSI Group has the financial resources and infrastructure to source, produce, develop and distribute their custom food solutions throughout the world. The company offers custom food solutions produced to any company’s precise specifications, a trustworthy, efficient supply chain, global flavor knowledge, exceptional culinary skill, unsurpassed food quality and safety practices, a commitment to sustainability and innovative design and research facilities to help bring meal and menu ideas to life.

The actions of the OSI Group is guided by a set of core values when it serves its customers. Those core values are to strive for continuous improvement, seek partnering relationships, explore innovative solutions, act with integrity, work together and do what best serves the group.

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