OSI Group, a global foodservice provider, has been in the game for over 100 years, and it has definitely made a huge impact. This particular company started out as being a local butcher shop. The shop was located in Oak Park, Illinois, and it was founded by Otto Kolschowski. Kolschowki was from Germany, and he immigrated to the US at the start of the 20th century. Thousands and thousands of Germans participated in coming to America during this period of time. Chicago was one of the main locations for setting-up shop. The small butcher shop began to make a name for itself quite easily because it offered high-quality meats. As word of mouth began to spread, the family-owned business saw a dramatic increase in sells.
As the decades past, this butcher shop announced that it would be officially known as Otto & Sons. On top of publicizing its new name, the company would begin to associate itself as a food wholesaler. Business was booming by the end of World War I. The year was now 1928 and Otto & Sons relocated to Maywood, Illinois. By providing the region with top-of-the-line food products, the business became a local fixture in American society. The 1950s brought some extravagant changes thanks to a famous hamburger chain. Otto & Sons partnered with McDonald’s by providing fresh beef to this up-and-coming restaurant. Ray Kroc, former-CEO of McDonald’s, shok hands with Arthur and Harry Kolschowski. After the deal was made, the rest was history. OSI Group would go on to work with numerous popular brands, including KFC, Burger King, Yum, Papa John’s Pizza, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and many more.
OSI Group has been known by numerous titles, including OSI Industries. This mega- company has more than 20,000 employees on its payroll. This makes OSI Group one of the largest private companies in America. In addition to that, the company is worth more than $6 billion.
Feeding the world the food they want is not an easy job. And there is one food solutions company that has helped millions of people get the food they want, anywhere around the world. That company, OSI Food Solutions, has expanded aggressively, which includes recently doubling their chicken production.
So how did this food solutions company quickly double their chicken production? It all started when OSI Food Solutions acquired the Tyson Chicken Plant just outside of Chicago. Offering to keep many of the staff from the Tyson chicken plant, OSI Food Solutions was able to quickly convert the plant to meet their needs and double chicken production for their own company.
The acquisition of the Tyson Chicken Plant was one of just many moves OSI Food Solutions has made to bring more people the food they want. By supplying everyone from supermarkets to convenience stores and restaurants, OSI Food Group supplies everything from fresh meat to deli foods, prepared foods, and other supermarket items.
In addition to the Tyson Food Plant acquisition, OSI Food Solutions has acquired Baho Food – a Dutch food company as well as Flagship Europe. The Baho Food and Flagship Europe acquisitions have helped OSI Food Solutions expand their operations to the European markets.
OSI Food Solutions got their start over a century ago when German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened a meat market in Oak Pak, Illinois. Mr. Kolschowskywas able to quickly expand his small business and in 1928, the company renamed itself Otto & Sons. The newly named Otto & Sons quickly expanded across the Midwest. However, it was a fateful meeting with McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc that turned this Midwest meat supplier into an international powerhouse. Using a new cryogenic food processing technique, Otto & Sons were able to ship meat patties to McDonald’s locations across the country. Today, OSI Food Solutions continues a century-long tradition of bringing fresh food to the biggest food sellers around the globe.
From acquisitions to innovation, OSI Food Solutions has become the food supplier of choice to thousands of supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants around the world. As more people seek a diversity of fine foods, OSI Food Solutions will be ready to deliver.
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