From a humble corner butcher shop to the worlds leading producer of food, OSI Group has come along way. Sure, many of us never really stop and think about where our food comes from or how it’s produced, however, rest assure that OSI Group is the best company to handle such an important factor in our lives.
OSI Group’s history is the prime example of the Amerian Drea come to fruition. At the turn of the 20th century, America experienced the great German immgiration, particularly in large cities such as Chicago Illinois. Chicago was the place to be for high-quality meats, however, due to German immigrants being such a new set of group in the area there was little to no representation of meats for the German immigrants. Therefore in 1909, Otto Kolschowsky opened up a butcher chop to feed that demand. Business was good, however, much of it remained steady until after the economic boom of WWII. OSI Group would still be under the name Otto and Sons for many decades and would enjoy relatively good success, then Ray Krock stepped into the picture and changed the entire future of OSI Group forever.
The year is 1955 and Ray Kroc has just opened up his first McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. Although, before Ray Kroc opened the doors to that very first McDonald’s he first needed to have a meat product that could be served all over the country with no change in taste or texture. OSI and Ray Kroc would go into a handshake deal to work together in order to make this vision come true. Due to a mixture of innovation and luck, OSI with the help of recent advancements in technology, particularly that of flash freezing, was able to provide Ray Kroc’s product to the world and continues to provide some of the most high quality meats to not only McDonald’s but to many other restaurants across the globe.
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It has been said that man cannot live on bread alone and while that is true we have taken a liking to food. The food industry has capitalized off of our love and has been thriving. Time changes all things and the food industry most adapt to the times. To be a true force in the food sector a company must reinvent its business and expand to keep up with society. OSI Industries has kept up with the pace of time and its consumers.
As a leader in the global food sector. This giant was once a butcher shop owned by a German immigrant in the early twentieth century in the Chicago area called Otto & Sons. This company’s partner in their growth from 1955 until the current day. That company is the global brand McDonald’s. OSI Industries has been one of the premier meat supplies for the chain. This partnership has not only stood the test of time but the company is now the exclusive supplier for McDonald’s for their beef products. OSI Industries was able to grow with McDonald’s helping to give them a global presence everywhere the restaurant chain is throughout the world. This led to a great opportunity for growth and a new strategy.
In the 1980s and 1990s they began to expand into the Asia-Pacific markets. In the 2000s the company expanded into Taiwan and Europe. The global expansion has the company employing over twenty thousand people in sixty-five countries. The company also has an excellent balance sheet which helped them acquire a few companies globally to improve their foot print businesses. The acquisition of companies like K&K foods, Moy Park, GmBH and others has helped the company obtain processing planets as far as Japan. The company has also created new divisions and opened new plants in the United States.
OSI Industries has started processing vegetable, chicken, and pizza to expend their products. There business belief is to never forget their humble beginnings. The company is focused on severing the same food to the public as any employee would put on their table at home for their family. The outlook for the company is growth for the future. Their latest venture will have the company expanding into Australia and to continue growth in Europe. It seems OSI Industries is setting its self up as the global provider for food for the world.
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