OSI Group’s Success Keeps Growing 100 Years After Its Founding

OSI Group is a premier supplier of custom food products the leading food service and retail food brands all over the world. They are one of the largest private companies in the country. OSI offers their clients many services including food product development, supply chain management, and processing and distribution.

OSI has more than 65 facilities around the globe, in 17 countries. Over 20,000 people work for OSI Group, maintaining their focus on creating high quality custom food products. These employees offer their clients exceptional culinary skill and use innovative research to help bring their clients’ ideas to life. The company holds unrivaled food safety and quality assurance practices, with a commitment to sustainability throughout their entire network.

Originally founded in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky, OSI was a family-owned meat market named Otto & Sons. The company grew as a trusted local business, becoming the first supplier of McDonald’s in 1955, which launched them into national success. In 1975, the family-owned business became OSI Industries and began expanding internationally.

In recent years, OSI has accomplished a lot to expand their business. In 2016, OSI Group acquired Flagship Europe from the Flagship Food Group. Flagship Europe is a large supplier to the food service market in the UK, having a wide range of products like frozen poultry, pies, condiments, and sous vide products.

During the same year, OSI acquired the controlling stake of Baho Foods in a private Dutch company named Baho Food. Baho Food is involved in meat product manufacturing for both the food service and retail industries. The company currently operates in the Netherlands and Germany, having five subsidiary companies under its belt. Baho has been in business for over 60 years and currently serves clients in 18 European countries.

Also in 2016, OSI purchased a new food processing facility and storage warehouse. This new facility would sit in the company’s hometown of Chicago, Illinois. The new property is 200,000 square feet and previously owned by the company Tyson Foods. Because of its location, it will be able to provide support for the company’s continued success.

2016 brought a lot of success to the company. Towards the end of the year, OSI became the recipient of the prestigious Globe of Honour Award given by the British Safety Council. This award was given to OSI because of their exemplary management of environmental risks within the company. This award was given to only 18 international organizations, all of which have demonstrated excellence in the environmental management.