Back in 1909, Otto Kolschowsky opened a small family butcher shop in the outskirts of Chicago to peruse the American dream, and almost 110 years later that small shop is now an international force in the meat processing industry. They are considered to be one of America’s top 100 food companies, and part of that accolade comes from their core corporate values of seeking out business relationships, striving to improve, being innovative, dedication to the company as a whole and working for the betterment of it, and doing everything with integrity.
OSI Group really came into its own as one of America’s top food providers under the leadership of CEO Sheldon Lavin. During his tenure, OSI went from being completely focused on their decade’s long relationship with the McDonald’s corporation and expanded their outlook internationally. OSI has grown into a billion-dollar corporation with 55 facilities in 16 countries. They’ve recently purchased industry standards such as Tyson Food, Baho Food, and Flagship Europe increasing their reach into new markets (on new continents) and providing employment for scores of people worldwide.
It’s not only geographic growth that sets OSI Group as an industry standard, it is also their innovation and creative problem-solving skills that give their customers an advantage over the competition. OSI relies on a get-it-done mentality to move customer needs from the concept to solution and that isn’t just relegated to the kitchen. The supply chain bring food to customers is just as important as the food itself and OSI tailors their packaging and logistics capabilities around the creative food solutions they develop for customers, not the other way around. Those creative food solutions are developed in OSI’s R&D test kitchens located in every one of their major food processing plants. In these kitchens, R&D specialists will take customer ideas and develop new productions in a cost-effective way that coincides with nutritional value, shelf-life, marketing research, sensory analysis, and mass production. OSI has everything covered from A to Z when it comes to serving restaurants the best choice.
Between their core values, innovative approach to delivering customers whatever food creations they have, and expansion into new markets, OSI Group has climbed the peaks of the food processing industry and stands as one of the giants in the field. With a healthy bottom line and continual growth, it looks like OSI will continue in this way for, at least, the foreseeable future.
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