The Growth and Expansion of OSI Food Solutions

Founded as Otto & Sons in 1909 by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky, what is now OSI Food Solutions was a small mom-and-pop shop just outside of Chicago. As their reputation for quality grew, Otto and his sons were able to expand to become a regional supplier.

One restaurant that they served in their region was the then-unknown first McDonald’s. As that restaurant grew and prospered, eventually becoming the first major franchise business in the United States, it took OSI Food Solutions along with it. McDonald’s trusted OSI’s products and services, and OSI is now one of the top 4 suppliers of food for the massive fast food chain. As McDonald’s went first national and then international, so has OSI Food Solutions been there, growing right alongside it.

OSI Food Solutions has facilities in 17 countries, employing over 20,000 people worldwide. They are the worlds largest food supplier for restaurants. OSI’s product line consists of their metaphorical bread and butter, meat. Processing and supplying chicken, beef, and pork in addition to fish and regional meats, OSI also supplies vegetable and dough products as well. They pre-make hot dogs, pizzas and much more. They are major Asian suppliers for American chains such as Starbucks, Pizza Hut and Subway as well as McDonald’s.

Recognized with several safety and environmental awards, OSI is most notable for receiving the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour in 2016. OSI was also awarded a merit at the BSC’s 2018 International Safety Awards.

Forbes listed the company as the world’s largest in 2011, with annual revenue of over $3 billion. After a few years of aggressive expansion, OSI was #58 in 2016 with annual revenue of around $6 billion.

As OSI Food Solutions has recently expanded again, they are now the world’s #1 poultry processor. They purchased several European food companies as well as a chicken processing plant in Chicago from Tyson Chicken in 2016 for $7.4 million. This plant doubles their domestic processing power.

Their 65 global facilities are spread throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Australia. They partner with some businesses in other nations, forming new companies under the umbrella of the old one that can hit the ground running in their new nations of business, capitalizing on the already existing infrastructure and customer base of partnered companies as a base from which to expand. They are making more and more headway into European markets.

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