OSI Food Solutions — Rocketship Innovation

By 1900, the Chicago population was overwhelmingly composed of German-American immigrants. In 1909, Otto Kolchowsky, opened a German butcher shop to cater to them. By 1928, Otto had brought his two sons, Arthur and Harry, into the business and renamed it Otto and Sons.

Otto and Sons further expanded the butcher shop, as well as opening a wholesale meat business, while maintaining a reputation for consistent quality. In the 1950s, McDonald’s Corporation was expanding its restaurants into the Chicago area and choose Otto and Sons as their beef supplier. More about of OSI Food Solution at Stellenmrket.

Otto and Sons grew quickly, going from a Regional supplier to a national one, then to an international company renamed OSI Food Solutions and operating under the stewardship of former investment consultant Sheldon Lavin. By 2016, OSI Industries was one of America’s largest privately held companies with sales of $6.1 billion. View the Group of OSI Food Solution at Linkedin.

OSI Food Solution developed the innovation of cryogenic food processing, flash freezing burgers with liquid nitrogen, keeping them fresher longer. Innovation and modernization enabled OSI Food Solutions to continue to expand, first into Spain and Germany, then into China, India, Australia, and Japan.

They bought a Dutch company named Baho Foods, which allowed them to increase their European market by expanding into Germany and the Netherlands. Predicting an increased demand for chicken items in Portugal and Spain, OSI Food Solutions Spain invested 17 million dollars to expand their plant, doubling its capacity to process poultry from 12,000 tons a year to 24,000 tons.

In 2013, 2015, and again in 2016, the British Safety Council awarded OSI Food Solutions the Globe of Honour Award, recognizing their commitment to maintaining outstanding environmental management standards.

In 2017, OSI Food Solutions bought United Kingdom company Flagship Europe, renaming it Creative Foods Europe after being purchased by OSI Group in 2017. The new purchase added to OSI Foods ability to provide value-added protein products across Europe, including everything from chicken nuggets to hamburger patties to pizza to sausage links.

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OSI Group: Expansion, Consolidation & Diversification

OSI Group, formally known as Otto & Sons, has gone through many changes throughout the decades. The world has grown in more ways than one and staying relevant means that a business must evolve with the times. OSI Group has certainly practiced what it has been preaching as this food service provider has reinvented itself to meet the demands of a growing society. The company has branched outward into new territories. By branching in an outward motion, the company has been able to reach untapped markets that were once off-limits. The foodservice giant has factories and facilities in Germany, in Poland, in Austria, in Canada, in Brazil, in the Netherlands, in Ukraine, in India and in numerous other countries.

This phenomenal company started as a corner meat market, but it is now an international wholesaler for a variety of food products. Thanks to the brilliance of CEO Sheldon Lavin, the company has been able to successfully acquire many of OSI’s competitors. Flagship Europe was one of its biggest acquisitions as this food provider offers a wide range of marinades, dips, sauces and frozen goods. Thanks to this proficient business move, the company has been able to broaden its presence in Europe. This acquisition took place in 2016, and by 2017, OSI had rebranded Flagship Europe into Creative Foods Europe. As the old saying goes, “you’ll have to spend money to make money.” This notion rings true on many levels and OSI Group has personified this notion to the fullest.

In 2013, OSI made a joint-venture deal with Japanese company JC Comsa. In 2012, OSI launched two state-of-the-art facilities in India. Rapid growth has been happening much faster than the company could ever have dreamed. To expand on its capacity for growth, the company purchased Tyson foods’ Chicago-based plant for $7.4 million. All in all, OSI Group is reshaping the foodservice industry, and it’s changing the status quo.


David McDonald, Looks for Growth and Sustainability in New Acquisitions

Back in 1909, Otto Kolschowsky started a family-owned market and butcher shop in Chicago. In 1955, the company was tasked with providing beef for McDonald’s. Today, the original company is known as OSI Group and is a global supplier of food products to foodservice and retail brands. They have 65 facilities and over 20,000 employees in 17 companies.

At the helm of OSI Group is David McDonald, the company’s president and COO. For over 31 years McDonald has been guiding the company’s growth including increased food production and acquiring complementary food-based businesses throughout the world.

OSI Group Acquires Baho Foods and Subsidiaries:

One of the most recent acquisitions by OSI Group is the purchase of Dutch company Baho Foods and its subsidiaries. The company operates production facilities in Germany and the Netherlands and specializes in meat products, convenience foods and snack items distributed in 18 countries.

The purchase of Baho Foods was a strategic move by OSI Group “Adding Baho Food to our OSI Europe business gives OSI a broader presence in Europe,” stated McDonald. With Baho Food’s high European profile and their complementary product lines, McDonald said: “We will be well positioned to leverage the combined strengths to accelerate growth and realize goals.”

Sustainability at the Forefront:

OSI Group is always looking for innovative ways to develop their business in environmentally-friendly, sustainable ways. McDonald recently said, “As a global food provider to the world’s leading brands, sustainability has always been a priority at OSI.”

In January 2018, OSI Group’s Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President was elected as the new President of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, to further the company’s dedication to using sustainable products globally and reduce the impact on the environment.

Unlike many large company’s OSI Group has always had a commitment to producing value-added products through sustainable means and give back to the local communities where they do business. With David McDonald leading the direction of the company, they are well-poised to continue their growth—a benefit to people worldwide and the environment.

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