The success of a company is steered by its values, goals and conscious decisions from the leaders. OSI Group is a leader in the food industry, something that did not just happen. Having started as Otto and Sons in 1909, the company has grown into being one of the world’s largest privately owned companies. The company began as a butchery and was the first McDonald’s supplier of hamburger.
Spreading Wings into the Global Market
In the 1970s, Sheldon Lavin became the company’s partner and has helped OSI Group expand into the global market. In less than two decades, the company expanded into countries such as Philippines, Germany, Brazil, Poland, and Austria. The company expanded its poultry operations and acquired a poultry company in the US in 2006. In 2010, it opened a beef production company in Japan and also expanded into Canada and India. Under the leadership of Lavin, the company’s beef distribution to Europe grew following a joint Venture with Pickstick of UK. OSI Group was able to venture into value-added meat products after a partnership with Select Ready Foods from Canada. It was able to have a wider customer base after partnering with a German popular supermarket chain, EDEKA.
In 2016, it acquired Tyson Production plant in Chicago and was able to get ample storage space which in turn means the company can produce more. The company was able to buy a controlling stake in Baho Foods enabling them to reach Germany and Netherlands broadly. OSI got an opportunity to deliver not only convenience and frozen meat but also food supplies, marinades, and other products. Acquisition of German Hynek Schlachthot GmbH gave the company an opportunity to distribute fresh meat and meat products to a wider European market.
OSI Group has a reputation for delivering custom-made solutions to its customers who include McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King and Starbucks among others. The company maintains its position at the top by embracing latest and innovative technology in production process. OSI is also committed to green practice, food safety, and sustainability. It is actively involved in the agricultural process to ensure quality protein and vegetable products.
Its headquarters are in Aurora, and the company maintains more than 60 facilities across 17 countries. The company strives to work with integrity and as a team and is continuously improving to provide exceptional custom food solutions to its customers.
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