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Success Story of OSI Group, the World Largest Food Processor

OSI Group is a private holding company that deals with production and distribution of quality value-added food products. The American company specializes in a variety of products including pork, beef, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, bacon, and sausages. Also, the OSI Group is the largest global suppliers of protein products, fruits, dough, vegetables and cheese based products. The group comprises of OSI International foods, OSI Industries, and OSI International Inc. Based in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Group is currently led by the CEO and the chairman Sheldon Lavin with David McDonald as the president.

History

The firm was founded in 1909 in Chicago by a German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky, as a family meat market. The company expanded its operation into other neighboring town and states. By 1955, the company became the leading suppliers of fresh beef patties to McDonald in Illinois. The firm switched its name from Otto & Sons to OSI Industries in 1975. Sheldon Lavin became involved in the company as a financial consultant in early 1970s. Lavin slowly became interested in the company’s operation and eventually became a partner in the early 1980s.

OSI Group Operations

From 1980, OSI Group operations flourished to cover the whole of North America, Eastern, and Western Europe as well as the Asian region including China. The company now boasts of over 65 facilities located all over the world with more than 20,000 employees in different countries. In the US, OSI Group has plants in Chicago, Illinois, California, Iowa, Utah, West Jordan, Wisconsin, and Fort Atkinson among other places.

Over the years, OSI Group has massively invested in latest technology and its team of employees. By having a stable leadership led by Sheldon Lavin and David McDonald, OSI Group has been able to flourish in the industry. Apart from McDonald, OSI suppliers it products to other leading retail and foodservice brands. In 2011, the group annual revenue hit $3 billion, and by 2016 it had a yearly turnover of over $6 billion. In 2016, the group was among Forbes top 100 largest private companies.

Through mergers and acquisitions, the company has progressively conquered the local and international market. For example, in 2016, it purchased Flagship Europe, a UK-based company that specializes in the supply of sous vide, frozen chicken, mayonnaise, and sauce. To enhance its capabilities, OSI Group acquired a food processing facility in Chicago formerly owned by Tyson food. The plant which is in proximity to OSI Chicago will also be utilized as a storage warehouse.