How OSI Food Solutions Became A Global Firm

OSI Food Solutions is a privately owned company based in the state of Illinois. It began in 1909 as a meat market by Otto Kolschowsky. He, and his two sons who later joined in the business, grew it into a wholesale company. Their big break came in 1955 when the two sons relationship with Ray Kroc paid off. Ray Kroc famously turned McDonald’s into a huge company. Back then this company was known as Otto & Sons and they supplied beef to Mcdonald’s locations across the Midwest eventually.

In 1975 this company took on the name of OSI Food Solutions. The two Kolschowsky sons were both ready to retire so they brought in Sheldon Lavin. He was their new partner and this company’s CEO. He soon wholly owned this company having bought out the two sons. He is known for having a large appetite for growth. Whenever McDonald’s entered a new market around the world OSI Food Solutions was there to provide them with ground beef. They have since branched out to offering processed chicken as well and additionally seafood and some vegetables.

In 2018, OSI Food Solutions has expanded its operations in Australia. Their subsidiary, OSI International Foods (Australia) recently performed a merger with Turi Foods. The new company is called Turosi Pty Ltd. Both of these companies share similar cultures and expertise. They will supply food to fast food restaurants, roast chicken stores, butcher shops, and specialty chicken retailers. David McDonald of OSI Food Solutions said that by merging these two companies they will realize greater growth and more innovative ways of providing solutions to their clients.

It was in March 2018 that this company opened its 65th facility. They now have facilities in nations such as America, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, China, and India. This companies strongest growth has been in Asia in the past several years, although they have also expanded their reach in other regions around the world. They have become the biggest supplier of processed chicken in China, for example, which can be found in companies there like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Subway among others. A large part of their growth is their ability to offered customized options to their customers. They also have a very good reputation for delivering safe food that is processed and delivered in an increasingly environmentally responsible fashion.

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