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The OSI Group: A Century of Innovation, Quality, and Service

There are not many companies that can say that they have endured the ups and downs, the good time and bad, the trials and tribulations of being around for over a century, and even fewer that can say that in the process they have not only become an industry leader, but also an innovator, and a force to looked at for the future. The OSI Group can say these things and more. The OSI Group started out as a single man with a desire to make a living for his family. Today the company is a long way from the small corner shop known to the German immigrants of the Oak Park neighborhood of Chicago’s West Side as Otto’s Meat Market. These days the OSI Group is the leading provider of proteins to the largest food service distribution entities in the world. What started out as a way for Otto Kolschowsky to feed his family has grown into a “Meat Market for the World” feeding millions of people high-quality proteins and related products on every continent except Antarctica.

Otto was the son of German immigrant parents. The men of his family had been butchers for generations and it was a trade that his father taught to him at an early age. The family moved to Chicago to take advantage of the fact that it was the meatpacking capital of the world. Chicagoan of the turn of the century seemingly could not get enough meat in their lives, and that meant that those with the skills to butcher high-quality cuts were in demand. Otto decided that he would try his hand at running his own meat market and soon he was the talk of the town, not only for his high-quality cuts, but also his fair pricing, and his extremely high regard for customer’s satisfaction. After a bit, the name Otto’s meat became synonymous with the best available products in the area, and he had to expand his market to include a wholesale operation to accommodate his hotel and restaurant clients. This is also when he renamed the business Otto & Sons Meat, bringing his two boys into the firm and teaching them the meat business just as his father had taught him.

A lot of changes were underway for Otto and his sons, but there was one more that was coming that they could not have possibly dreamed of. A small burger and shakes shack out of San Bernardino, California had been rapidly growing and expanding across the US with what the owners called “Speedee Service”. A franchise model and modernized operation brought into the company by Roy Kroc had quickly made the name McDonald’s a household brand. As the desire for the famous hamburgers, fries and shakes grew more dominant, the company needed to expand its supply chain network and that meant finding meat providers that were up to the task in each of its major operating markets. In the upper Midwest McDonald’s turned to Otto & Sons. It was a decision that would forever change both companies and lead to unprecedented success that has yet to ever be matched in the food service industry.

Within just a few short years Otto & Sons expanded into being the sole provider of proteins for the McDonald’s system in the United States and Canada. As the company grew to better serve McDonald’s McDonalds also grew to better serve the world. Soon Otto & Sons, now known as OSI Industries found itself not only being the “Meat Man” to the world’s biggest fast-food chain but also providing high-quality proteins to other distribution networks. Along the way, they develop innovations that changed the food service industry and the meatpacking industry from the inside out. They also developed a reputation for being a company that distributors wanted to do business with because they knew that they would be treated fairly and with consideration.

Today The OSI Group employs more than 20,000 people at 65 faculties in 17 countries. New facilities open every year, and more countries are slated to have operations introduced in the next 3-5 years. The company provides food products in the form of traditional proteins as well as protein alternative and specialty products to every major developed region of the world. OSI the largest provider of beef alternative in India and pork alternative in the middle east. As for being on every continent except Antarctica OSI’s President likes to joke “just wait, we may have an operation there soon enough”. Joke or not, one thing is for sure, if the market ever dictates a need, you can bet OSI will be the first to sell beef to the penguins.

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OSI Food solutions, a pacesetter in the food industry

When Otto Kolchowski established OSI group back in the 1900’s as neighborhood meat market, no one in their wildest dreams and that’s inclusive of Otto ever thought that it would one day become a global meat processing company. However, it has grown into exactly that and even surpassed our expectations. Bases in Illinois, Aurora to be precise, OSI food solutions is a pacesetter in the food industry and is one of the largest value-added food suppliers not only in the region but also in the world. Even though it started off small, the company now operates globally in 17 countries with more than 65 facilities and a large employee batch of over 20,000 people. It provides a diverse array of products for its wide customer base ranging from fish, poultry, hot dogs, meat patties and even vegetable products.

How the company amasses its growth

As mentioned earlier, OSI food solutions began as a small family market in Oak Park but is now one of the biggest food companies and even ranks 58 on Forbes list of America’s largest private companies.
How did it reach here?

The company’s monumental success can be attributed to its impressive leadership and management panel. Ever since it was established the company has always been led by a generation of leaders with impressive skills who make strategic moves to steer it forward with each wake.

For instance, in a bid to expand and serve its European Market in a holistic manner, the company recently finished acquisition of Baho Foods which is Dutch company that operates over five subsidiaries in the region. Thanks to the move OSI food solutions will now be able to gain even more growth and increase its influence into Europe because Baho food is a company that is not only well versed with how the European market works but also boasts a solid customer base. That is not the only innovative move that OSI food solutions has made as there are plenty others. For instance, in a bid to increase its production capacity so it can meet and exceed customer demands, OSI also purchased former Tyson foods plant based in Chicago. It also increased its chicken production capacity to more than 45000 after it expanded its production line in Spain.

These are just but a few of the factors which make OSI soar high every day and with an annual excess revenue of 1$1.6 billion it is no surprise that the company is one of America’s top 100 companies. It continues to expand its horizons with each dawn and its recent addition of flagship Europe is sufficient proof of that. It also sets the pace for other food companies by offering a long string of food solutions so that each and every customer can get more than one of their favorite delicacies on the menu. With more than ten decades of experience, OSI Food group continues to take over the international market and is proof enough that the kind of management that a business has, can make or break it.

Environmental sustainability

Surprisingly unlike most successful firms which degrade the environment, OSI food solutions has been able to amass its colossal success without hurting Mother Nature. It is thanks to this and its exceptional operations that the company bagged the prestigious 2016 globe of honor awards from the British safety council. Besides this award, OSI has also bagged a long string of many other honors and it continues to amaze us with its strategic moves every day.

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