OSI Group and McDonald’s Long Partnership

In 1909, Otto Kolschowsky opened a meat market in Illinois after he arrived in the USA. In 1917, he expanded the food business into a wholesale and moved it to Maywood, Chicago. In 1928, the business adopted “Otto & Sons” as its name.Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s eatery in Illinois and made Otto & Sons. McDonald’s made Otto & Sons its sole fresh ground beef patties supplier. With the introduction of Cryogenic food processing, Otto & Sons became one of OSI Group McDonalds meat suppliers.In 1973, Otto & Sons established a special freezing and patty-forming facility. It also formed Glenmark, a unit for non-McDonald’s businesses. Come the year 1975, Otto & Sons changed the name to OSI Industries.

Before opening his first OSI Group McDonalds restaurant, Kroc had earlier entered into a handshake agreement with Kolschowsky’s sons—Harry and Arthur—to be supplying his firm with fresh ground beef. This agreement would later offer Kroc more benefits than he earlier anticipated. Within a short time, Kroc bought out the McDonald’s and became the CEO of the current McDonald’s corporation. As the company took off, Otto & Son’s symbiotically joined in to provide the McDonald’s high quality brand with beef patties.Because of OSI Group McDonalds rapid growth, OSI Group was forced to improve its manufacturing abilities In 1977, the firm opened its first meat processing meat outside Chicago. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the company opened more unique food facilities in other areas of North America.

As McDonald’s became an international firm, OSI Group also became a multinational company. The two companies got into a joint venture in Germany in 1978 and Spain in 1980. OSI Group was not becoming a complicated and sprawling international firm. Over the years, OSI Group has opened a series of franchise stores and plants in several parts of the world. For instance, in 1990, the OSI Group McDonalds, together with Alaska Milk Corporation and General Milling Corporation, established GenOSI in the Philippines. In 2002, OSI Group established OSI China.The OSI Group and McDonald’s have a long history. The two shared superior relationships and embraced technological innovations and available growth opportunities. These two factors led to the growth of a small butcher shop and restaurant to two of the most recognised food processing brands in the world.

OSI Food Solutions Continues It Global Expansion

OSI Food Solutions is one of the biggest players in the food solutions industry. They are based in Aurora, Illinois, and have facilities in 17 countries including in Europe, Asia, and Australia. They are a privately held company which provides them with the flexibility they need to offer customized food solutions to their customers.

OSI Group sell food to major restaurant chains and create retail food brands. They don’t brag at this company about their success which means that although many people have never heard of them they have almost certainly eaten something made by this company.

Around the world, chicken is increasingly in demand as a food. OSI Food Solutions has expanded in a few different ways to meet this increasing demand, In the United States, they bought a food processing facility that had been owned by Tyson Foods. They bought this poultry processing plant in June 2016 for $7.4 million. The next year they expanded their Spanish facility to enable it to double the amount of chicken it could process annually. They can now produce in total 45,000 tons of pork, beef, and chicken products with over half of that being chicken.

OSI Food Solutions has been expanding through acquisitions as well in recent years. In August 2016 their President and Chief Operating Officer David McDonald announced that his company had acquired a Dutch food manufacturer, Baho Foods. He said this acquisition gives his company a broader European presence and added more to what they can offer their customers. Baho Food has five subsidiaries which include Q Smart Life, Gelderland Frischwaren, Henri van de Bilt, Vital Convenience, and Bakx Foods.

Later that year, in December, OSI Food Solutions made another acquisition. This was Flagship Europe based in the United Kingdom. They acquired this company from Denver, Colorado-based Flagship Europe Group. The chief executive of Flagship Europe, Russell Maddock, said that being purchased by OSI Food Solutions was an exciting development in his company and he looked forward to working with them. He said that by being acquired his company could serve customers better, gain access to a bigger market, and open up new opportunities.

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