OSI Group is among the leading food industries with its activities across the globe. It has a network of food processing plants in most of America, Europe, and Asia.Before its current name- OSI Group- the food processing company began as a small meat retail shop back in Oak Park, Chicago. The founder was a German immigrant who had settled in Chicago in 1907. Two years after settlement, he began the meat business. The business did well where Otto started expanding locally round Chicago within a decade. Later his two sons, Arthur and Harry, joined their father and became partners. Around the same time, McDonald’s was beginning its business under the leadership of Ray Kroc who later bought the original McDonald’s company from Maurice and Richard McDonald.
Ray had agreed with the Otto sons to provide meat products for the restaurant. Since OSI Group, the then Otto & Sons, were the main meat products provider for McDonald’s, anywhere the restaurant would open its branches, OSI Group would too. With the introduction of technology in food preservation in the 1970’s, OSI Industries were able to expand their activities nationally as the McDonald’s grew continually. The company was also enabled by the technology to provide the McDonald’s restaurant network with quality meat products as the restaurant company based its success on delivering quality products for its customers hence its success and rapid growth rate.
It was not until 1975 that Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI Group, which followed the invitation of Sheldon Lavin to join the company as one of its partners. Under Sheldon’s leadership, OSI Industries has continued to rapidly grow to become one of the largest food processing industries in the world. Mergers and acquisitions have played a significant role in helping its expansion. The purchases include Flagship Europe, Baho Food, Amick Farms, a processing plant in Chicago belonging to Tyson Foods, Hynek Schlachthof GmbH and a merger of Turi Foods Pty Ltd. Among the many global Awards OSI Group has achieved is the 2016 Globe of Honour given by the British Safety Council due to the company’s environmental safe keeping efforts.