OSI Group is an American food processing company. More specifically, they are a meat processing company for retail and food service industries. Formerly, they were known as OSI Industries. In 2004, They changed their name to OSI Group.
OSI Group’s headquarters are located in Aurora, Illinois. Although they are an American company, they have more than 65 facilities in 17 countries, which are located not only in North America, but in Western and Eastern Europe, as well as the Asia-Pacific region.
Some of the USA OSI plants are located in Geneva and West Chicago, Illinois, as well as Oakland, Iowa, West Jordan, Utah, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and Riverside, California.
OSI Group’s products include meat patties, bacon, hot dogs, beef, pork and chicken. The products they offer can be used for both breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as entrées, snacks and desserts.
OSI Group’s history goes back over 100 years. It was founded in 1909 by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky. At that time, it was only a small butcher shop in Chicago called Otto & Sons.
Otto & Sons was known for having been the first meat supplier for McDonald’s. In 1955, when McDonald’s opened its first store in Des Plaines, Illinois, they chose Otto & Sons as their supplier of fresh beef patties. Soon supplying beef to local McDonald’s restaurants became their main business. Since then, OSI has grown into a large company that has over 65 locations and partners around the world.
Over the years, the OSI Group facilities have received many awards, such as awards for management of health and safety risks, as well as environmental management.
As a new addition, OSI Group acquired Flagship Europe from the Flagship Food Group in Denver, Colorado. Flagship Europe supplies frozen poultry and pies, as well as mayonnaise, sauces and dressings to the UK foodservice market. By adding Flagship, the OSI Group in Europe has been able to broaden the European products they have available.
OSI Group’s current CEO is Sheldon Lavin. During the 1970s, he was the one responsible for pushing OSI Group to grow globally. Today, he has a workforce of over 20,000 employees around the world.