Started in 1909 as a family meat marketplace in Illinois, by a German immigrant, the company would later become known widely as Otto & Sons before later being renamed OSI Group after further expansion. Known for their high quality of meat products, they grew into a meat supplier for many local businesses. In 1955, they were chosen by the then start-up McDonald’s to provide fresh meat for their burgers. From then, the two companies were forever entangled as they rose to success.
As the fast-food industry moved towards cryogenic food processing in the 1960s, OSI Group developed patty forming machines and nitrogen freezing tunnels to compete better and provide high-quality meat to a growing market. The opening of this facility in West Chicago led them to become one of four suppliers of McDonald’s, down from nearly 200 non-frozen local meat supplier required before the innovation of cryogenic food processing. By 1975 OSI Group’s Glenmark subsidy became McDonald’s exclusive supplier of fresh meat.
Built on a foundation of providing sustainable meat products to customers all around the world, OSI Group has revived several awards for their work. Of note, in 2016 they were awarded the Globe of Honour for their management of environmental risk. Earning a five-star-rating over a given period of audits by the British Safety Council. Added that they received this awards twice before in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
OSI Group in 2016, purchase Dutch-based Baho Foods to expand their reach in Europeans markets and to further advance their drive for high-quality and sustainable food products. Since their founding, they have grown into other categories of food as a result, such as bacon, hot dogs, pizza and dough products to name a few.
It goes without saying that the culture of setting high standards for their people, their day-to-day business, and their products has led them to become one of Americana’s top food companies. Sustainable isn’t something they take lightly, where many consider it as a means of branding or creating a buzz in the industry. It’s something they strive to live by every day, and with each purchase or expansion, their mission and values also expand and help to make the world better than how they found it.
In an age where food companies should be held to high standards as much as our pharmaceutical and tech companies, OSI Group has established themselves as a leader.