Have you ever walked down the aisles of your favorite grocery store or eat at your favorite fast food chain or restaurant and wonder where the meat, poultry, drinks, etc. actually come from? More than likely it comes from the OSI Group and OSI Industries, LLC.
OSI Group has been around since 1909 and the main supplier for many retail and food service industries for over a century. OSI Group started as a family-owned meat market & butcher shop company called Otto & Sons in Oak Park, Illinois founded by Otto Kolschowsky. In 1955 Otto & Sons gained a solid reputation and Ray Croc personally chose them as the first supplier of fresh ground beef for his MacDonald’s chains. Otto & Sons became OSI Industries, LLC in 1975 and currently runs its US plants under this name.
In the 2017 Forbes List, OSI Group ranked #58 with a net worth of $6.1 Billion. Since 1978, OSI Group has expanded worldwide starting in Germany, UK, Spain, Hungry, Poland under OSI Europe. OSI Asia-Pacific started with the joint ventures with K & K (Taiwan), GenOSI (Philippines), Australia, and OSI China with a beef facility in Japan. A joint venture with TROSI de Carnes gave them a foothold in Mexico.
OSI Group extended into the Poultry Industry in 2006 by acquiring Amick Farms, broadening products worldwide. In 2016 OSI Group acquired three major facilities, Tyson (Chicago, IL.), Baho Food (Dutch Company), and Flagship Europe (UK Company) with the latter two companies extending their footing in the European marketplace.
OSI Food Solutions UK won the prestigious Globe of Honor Award from the British Safety Council in 2016. The Award is given to an organization that conducts excellent environmental risk management from the shop to the boardroom. An organization must attain a five-star status from the British Safety Council’s Environmental Safety Audit as a requirement to compete. OSI Group previously won this impressive award in 2013 and 2015.
OSI Group continues to expand in other productions and in 2014, opened a facility in Riverside, California specifically for the productions of salsa, beans, and tofu. In 2017, OSI Europe acquired Hynek Schlachthof GmbH, a beef slaughter operation in Germany to secure and expand their raw material supply in Europe. And most recently, Flagship Europe was renamed Creative Foods Europe.
From a small family-owned meat market and butcher shop company in the heart of America to a multi-billion-dollar worldwide organization in a span of a century, OSI Group has attained the reputation of being a true cornerstone in the retail and food service industries.