OSI Group is one of the largest food providers in the world and one four meat providers of McDonalds. However, they didn’t start out producing ground beef for the popular worldwide restaurant. The company started out as a small butcher shop in Chicago, Illinois by Otto Kolschowsky in 1909. By end of WWI Kolschowsky was able to expand into the wholesale business. The business continued to grow and became Otto & Sons in 1928.
Otto & Sons’ work with McDonalds began in 1955 when Ray Kroc opened the first McDonalds in Illinois. Kroc and Otto & Sons entered into a verbal agreement that the meat company would supply the restaurant with ground beef. Eventually, Kroc bought McDonalds from its original owners. This event would forever change the landscape of Otto & Sons as supplying McDonalds with ground beef became the company’s top priority.
The company, Otto & Sons, continued to grow at an astounding rate and officially became OSI Industries in 1975. The growth didn’t stop here. In 1977, OSI opened its first facility outside of Chicago in West Jordan, Utah and 1978 entered the international market in Germany. From this point on, OSI saw major growth on a global level. In 1987, they entered a joint venture with K&K Foods in Taiwan; in 1990 with GenOSI in the Philippines; and with the Beijing company Wholly Foregin-Owned Enterprise in 1992. More recently, in 2010 OSI opened a facility in Japan and in 2012 opened two new facilities in India.
While OSI Group grew globally, its growth also continued in the United States in a number of ways. First, new clients like Starbucks, Burger King, Papa John’s, and Subway were brought onboard. Second, OSI entered a partnership with Nation Pizza and Foods. Third, new plants were opened in Chicago, Illinois and in Oakland, Iowa that were responsible for the production of bacon, hot dogs, and sausage. Fourth, the company began producing poultry in the 2000s, which further opened up doors for the ever-growing company.
Not only is OSI group committed to providing various food products throughout the world, but they are also committed to lowering their carbon footprint. In 2016 the OSI Group won the California Green Business Award for their environmental efforts; the British Safety Council awarded the company the 2016 Globe of Honour for their effective and efficient management of environmental risks; most recently, the North American Meat Institute awarded OSI Group the 2018 Environmental Recognition Award OSI Group Buys Former Tyson Foods Plant in Chicago