Food Processing Giant The OSI Group Continues To Grow And Expand

October 7, 2017

The OSI Group, the American food processing giant headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is continuing to expand internationally. Currently it has 80 processing facilities located in 17 countries worldwide. It also supplies meat, poultry, vegetable and dough products to supermarkets and restaurants in North, Central and South America, Asia, Australia and Eastern and Western Europe. The past 108 years has seen a vast amount of growth and expansion for the former Oak Park, Illinois family meat market founded by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky in 1909. But through it all providing the highest quality products has remained the company’s trademark.

The growth of the OSI Group began in 1917 when the company relocated to Maywood, Illinois and became involved in the wholesale meat trade. The next major milestone was agreeing to provide Ray Kroc and his Des Plaines, Illinois based fast food franchise McDonald’s with ground beef patties beginning in 1955. As McDonald’s expanded so did the OSI Group. In 1970, the company approached financial services specialist Sheldon Lavin to get the resources they needed to continue to expand. Lavin now owns the company and is the primary force behind the OSI Group’s growth into global food supplier.

The company continues to grow today. Recently, the OSI Group acquired a controlling stake in the Dutch company, Baho Food. The company provides food to customers in 18 European countries and has subsidiaries in the Netherlands and Germany. The OSI Group plans to increase its production, markets and sales. As part of its expansion into the European food industry, the OSI Group has purchased Flagship Europe, a company that produces and markets frozen poultry, condiments and pies. Their aim is to identify new opportunities for growth throughout Europe for this brand.

CEO Sheldon Lavin, president and COO David McDonald and the rest of the OSI Group management team are continuously improving the company’s facilities, products and services and expanding its reach throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. The OSI leadership recently purchased a former Tyson Foods facility in Chicago to improve their production options and capacity.

What is truly impressive is the OSI Group’s ability to grow into diverse international markets with culturally dependent tastes and succeed. According to COO David McDonald, their success is due to careful product development, standardized production to ensure food safety and quality, effective ingredient sourcing, affordable prices and precise marketing to engage local consumers in each market.


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