The Dominance of OSI in the Food Processing Industry

Started off as just a meat market At Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America, OSI Group has grown over the years to dominate the food processing market all over the globe. OSI Group is a holding firm comprising of meat processors that serve numerous food and retail industries. With its headquarters located in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Group is under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, the Current Chief Executive Officer.

It was in 1909 that Otto Kolschowsky had the vision of building a meat processing empire and therefore started off slowly by opening the meat market at Oak Park. Due to him selling quality products, his enterprise grew rapidly. In fact, by 1917, he had numerous establishments in Chicago and Maywood. At this time, there was no specific name given to the organization. It was after 11 years that the enterprise came to be known as Otto &Sons. Not long after that, Ray Kroc, founder, and CEO of McDonald’s and Otto sealed a great deal. The deal was that Otto & Sons would be the supplier of beef patties to McDonald’s newly opened stores.

Other than supplying meat to McDonald’s, Otto &Sons also supplied meat products to other small restaurants and supermarkets. This also allowed them to gain more knowledge of the market and at the same time increase their popularity. After that, in 1975, Otto &Sons changed name to OSI Industries.

OSI Group has numerous plants in the United States like Illinois, Utah, and Oakland, just to mention a few. Operating as OSI Industries, the firm produces branded meat products for private institutions and co-packs meat items for other customers. OSI Group has over 65 operating plants in 17 countries in Asia, North America and Europe. The company supplies bacon, pizza, fish, pork and other meat products to major firms like Starbucks and Subway.

A true definition of rising from almost nothing, Sheldon Lavin is certainly taking OSI Group to the next level. This is seen in its continuous growth, expansion, and acquisition of a number of firms in the market. In 2014, for instance, OSI Group entered into an agreement with Pickstock. The agreement was to be based in the United Kingdom and gave OSI Group an opportunity to get into the European market as a beef distributor. 2 years later, for $7.4 million, OSI Group took over the Tyson production plant located in Illinois. This was a strategic move since this particular plant was near many of OSI Group’s main facilities. These are just a few of the many major moves OSI Group has made in the market. In fact, so big has OSI Group grown that it was in 2016 ranked 58th on Forbes list of largest private firms.

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