OSI Group was formed over 100 years ago, in 1909, by Otto Kolschowsky. The company began as a humble meat shop in Chicago, USA. Today, it boasts of having over 65 branches and partners around the world. Sheldon Lavin is now CEO of the company. OSI Group is a world leader in the supply of value added meat items and other food products. The company has its headquarters in Aurora Illinois. The focus of OSI Group is food safety, sustainability, and green practices. The company is listed as number 58 on the Forbes list of large private companies in America.
The company’s growth began in 1955 as Otto & Sons were chosen to supply hamburgers to McDonald’s. In 1973, they opened a plant dedicating it to serve McDonald’s. Sheldon Lavin partnered with Otto & Sons as assisted in steering the company into a global market as McDonald’s also grew. In 1975, Otto & Sons changed to OSI Group. The company then expanded to Germany, Brazil, Taiwan, Spain, and Austria. In the 1990s, they expanded further into China, Philippines, Poland, and Mexico.
The company offers a wide range of products for both breakfasts and lunches. The servings comprise of starters, snacks, side dishes, and desserts. The products include sausages, bacon, hot dogs, cooked beef patties, smoked meat products, pizza, cooked beef and pork products, raw and processed chicken, and specialty sausages. Sheldon Lavin has continued to grow the company exponentially through several acquisitions using strategic methods that are market focused.
In September 2012, OSI Group broke ground for a beef-processing plant in Poland that is set to increase beef production to meet the growing demand. In January the same year, they announced that they would open a new feeding mill in China that has an annual capacity of producing 600,000 metric tons. Other large developments by OSI Group include a new food processing plant in India, a production plant for branding and labeling products in Geneva, and a high capacity production line and cold storage facility in Hungary that tripled the chicken production capacity on quality processed chicken products to 22,000 tons per annum.
The increase in resources is set to cement the company’s access to new markets and clients. This is meant to strengthen their position in the market by improving their value proposition and opening new opportunities. Providing exemplary customer service and offering support to the already successful business, while optimizing costs, is key to the operations of OSI Group.