OSI Food Solutions was named as one of America’s Top 100 Food Companies recently, and one of the main reasons why is the versatility of the company. Many food companies focus on providing foods that meet a specific need for their customers. OSI Food Solutions realizes that their clients might have a variety of needs though. This is why the company will provide anything from raw product to pre-portioned cooked product. OSI Food Solutions will trim your raw meats perfectly to have them prepared for stove top or grill preparation in the restaurant for you to customize as you wish. If you have a smaller staff and just looking to heat and serve food for your customers, OSI Food Solutions will meet that need as well.
OSI Food Solutions knows your reputation is key, and as displayed by winning the 2016 Globe of Honour by the British Safety Council, they emphasize food safety. Products are prepared in a clean environment and packaged immediately. OSI even monitors reports from their clients and tracks the process from start to finish to determine where any improvements in food safety and sanitation can be made to produce a high quality product at affordable prices.
Some companies perform annual audits for their food safety and production processes. OSI doesn’t want to wait up to a year or possibly longer to discover areas where they can improve. The company realizes that their clients rely on the quality of their food, so OSI surveys their clients as well as performs internal audits four times every year. This allows processes to be modified and improved as an ongoing part of their business instead of as a reactive process. Quality is something OSI takes great pride in, as the higher the quality the happier their clients are, which results in steady and improving sales.
OSI Group is one of the largest privately-held food manufacturing companies in the United States with over $6 billion in annual sales. Over the past 30 years, the company has expanded internationally with operations throughout the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Brazil, and India. OSI Group still maintains its headquarters in Chicago, where it all began in 1909 when German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened a neighborhood butcher shop and retail meat market. This business was given the name Otto & Sons and became a successful local business.
Otto & Sons is a classic case of where enormous success is the result of hard work coming together with opportunity. In 1955, Ray Kroc met with Otto’s sons Arthur and Harry. Ray was about to open the first McDonald’s franchise restaurant in nearby Des Plaines, Illinois and needed a fresh ground beef supplier for the expanding McDonald’s restaurant franchise model. Ray, Arthur, and Harry came to a handshake agreement that would change the fortunes of Otto & Sons forever. A few years later, Ray Kroc would purchase the McDonald’s restaurant business and become the CEO of the McDonald’s Corporation. As McDonald’s grew into an international corporate powerhouse, Otto & Sons grew alongside the company.
An article on Gazetteday.com titled “A Century of Innovation at OSI Group,” points out by the mid-1970s, Otto & Sons would become OSI Industries and have a dedicated facility solely to provide meat products to McDonald’s. The other part of OSI Industries would continue to service regional restaurants and retail stores. The company would later become OSI Group as it expanded into the international market alongside McDonald’s in the early 1980s.
Today, OSI Group provides a variety of food products beyond hamburger patties. They also offer pork, pizza, poultry, seafood, baked goods, fruit, salsa, beans, tofu, and vegetable products. The company currently has 65 facilities in 17 countries and has over 20,000 employees. The company’s growth from a neighborhood butcher shop to an international provider of food products is a true American success story.