When Otto Kolschowsky founded his community meat market in Oak Park, Illinois in 1909, the German immigrant had no idea how large and influential the company would become. He simply worked hard to ensure he would provide his customers with the highest quality products possible. When the company, then called Otto & Sons, agreed to provide Ray Kroc and his new McDonald’s franchise with ground beef patties, they had no way of knowing McDonald’s would become one of the world’s most popular brands. Now, 109 years later, Kolschowsky’s company is a global food processing industry giant and America’s 58th largest company.
With Sheldon Lavin in charge, the OSI Group has consistently expanded their customer base by acquiring companies like Baho Foods in the Netherland, UK based Flagship Europe and Amick Farms in the United States. The company is also involved in joint ventures in Australia, Brazil, Japan, Canada and several other countries. The OSI Group has also built facilities in the United States, China, Hungary, Poland, Spain and elsewhere.
Although it was founded as a meat market and butcher shop, the company has diversified its product offerings to include food made with dough, fish, poultry and vegetables. The OSI Group creates innovative products designed to suit the food preferences of people from many different cultures. The company also works well with governmental agencies and local suppliers and marketing agents while fulfilling the requests of their growing, diverse customer base. The vision and technical innovation of the leadership and staff has helped to propel the company into becoming a global food processing leader.
Even though it is a global brand, at its heart the OSI Group remains a family-oriented company the works in harmony to provide the highest quality products possible to satisfy their customers around the world. The company is also known for its forward-thinking environment stewardship policies which helped it win the Globe of Honor from the British Safety Council several times. The OSI Group also received the California Green Business Award, as well as the North American Meat Institute’s 2018 Environmental Recognition Award for its excellent work.