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.