The roots of the OSI Group start back over a century with Otto Kolschowsky and his small butcher shop in Chicago, Illinois. The was a German immigrant and started his company just 2 years after immigrating to the United States in 1907. By the end of the world war, the business was booming and he began the expansion into the wholesale meat industry. It was eventually rebranded to Otto & Sons in 1928 and his sons became much more involved in the business operations of the company.
The end of World War II saw a lot of changes in the United States and around the world. Suburbs became more popular and a business agreement with the future Chief Executive Officer of Mcdonald’s, Ray Kroc. When Ray Kroc and the sons of Koschowsky, Harry and Arthur, made the deal to supply Ray Kroc with meat for his franchise, he only had one store in Des Plaines, Illinois. When he went on to purchase the entirety of Mcdonalds to become the CEO, it marked a big day in the development of OSI Group. Ray Kroc honored the agreement he had made with the Koshowsky brothers previously and suddenly they were the first choice of meat supplier for all of Mcdonald’s. As their demand grew, they needed to figure out ways to produce a high-quality product at a competitive price in quantities large enough to meet their demands. This is what made the OSI Group what it is today. Through methods like flash freezing, they are able to provide a product that is consistent in every market. OSI Food Solutions UK awarded 2016 Globe of Honour by the British Safety Council.
The OSI Group has grown to have facilities in 17 countries. There are 20,000 employees at their 65 facilities around the world. They began to expand products to products like hot dogs, sausages, and bacon. In 1975, they became the OSI Group as it is known today. This same year, Sheldon Lavin came onto the company as a partner. Over the years, as Mcdonald’s grew, they grew along with it to be their first choice of supplier to this day. They are one of the largest private companies with a worth of $6.1 billion. Not only do they supply Mcdonalds with their meat, they have also branched off to other areas of the market with their expanded product lines.
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