The OSI group is a group of privately owned companies in the United States that supplies custom, value added food products to the world’s leading food service and retail food brands. From sourcing the raw materials for premier food production, to processing and then final distribution to retail food brands, the company strives to maintain high quality custom food products. With more than 65 facilities in 17 countries, the company maintains consistency and quality experience anywhere in the world. This company offers excellent culinary skills, knowledge of global taste and flavor, food safety, quality assurance and an overall commitment to ensure efficient and trustworthy supply. OSI Food Solutions UK recently won the Prestigious 2016 Globe of Honor at an awards ceremony held in the city of London on November 25th, 2016. This award was presented by the British Safety Council to OSI Food Solutions UK for exemplary management of environmental risks.
In 2016, the OSI group acquired Flagship Europe as a move to further strengthen their position in the marketplace by giving OSI brother presence in Europe. Flagship Europe is a member of the Flagship Food Group that supplies frozen poultry, in addition to, sauces, dressings, and mayonnaise to the UK Food Service Market. The OSI group went on to acquire Baho Foods also in 2016. Baho Foods is a private owned Dutch company that manufactures deli meats, convenience foods and snacks. Another acquisition the OSI group made in 2016 was buying the Tyson Food plant in Chicago Illinois. Tyson Foods makes items like Chicken, Meatballs, Omelets, Soups and Sauces. Tyson was getting ready to shut down its production and lay off 480 staff members, many of whom later received offers of employment with OSI after the acquisition. In 2017, OSI group, Aurora Ill, made moves to double their chicken production capacity at their Spain plant by investing 17 million pounds to increase production from 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons annually. This project added 20 new jobs to existing workforce. On May 5th 2018, OSI International Foods Australia completed a merger with Turi Foods. Turi Foods is a family-owned company based in Victoria and is one of the largest poultry processors in Australia.
OSI Food Solutions is amongst America’s top 100 food companies because of their proven ability to deliver next generation food Solutions, their excellent concept-to- table solutions that delights customers around the globe, and their ability to provide fresh, innovative ideas to their partner retail food brands.
OSI Industries is a privately owned American company of meat processors that supply the retail and food service industries. The company’s history can be traced back to 1909 when German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened a meat market in Oak Park, Illinois. This company became known as Otto & Sons and over the decades it slowly, but steadily expanded its operations. The company got its first big break in 1955 when it gained the contract to supply ground beef patties to the newly started McDonald’s restaurant chain. In 1970, Otto & Sons hired Sheldon Lavin, the man who would eventually become its Chairman and CEO and guide the company toward becoming a global presence. The name change to OSI came in 1975. Today, the company operates in 17 countries worldwide with its international headquarters in Aurora, Illinois.
OSI continued its expansion recently with two major acquisitions. The company has acquired Dutch company Baho Food as well as purchasing the former Tyson food plant in Chicago. Baho Food is a producer of convenience food, deli meats and snacks. Regarding the acquisition of Baho Food, OSI President and Chief Operating Officer, David McDonald has stated, “Adding Baho Food to our OSI Europe business gives OSI a broader presence in Europe….The company’s portfolio of products and brands complements OSI’s current processing strengths while broadening our capabilities to best serve the evolving needs of our customers.” OSI’s purchase of the former Tyson foods plant was done, according to Senior Executive Vice President Kevin Scott, to “enhance our capabilities to meet the rapidly evolving needs of our customers.” OSI has always had a sterling reputation for outstanding service to its customers, something that Chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin has always stressed. Both of these acquisitions are right in line with this company tradition.
Customer service has always been of the utmost importance at OSI. The company also places great value on being environmentally conscientious. This reputation was rewarded in 2016 by the British Safety Council when they bestowed the prestigious Globe of Honor Award to OSI Food Solutions UK. The Globe of Honour is given to organizations who have shown excellence in environmental management. OSI met the nomination requirement of achieving a 5-star rating from the British Safety Council’s environmental management audit. The award is yet another feather in the cap of an organization that always prides itself on its family culture, its customer service and its environmental conscientiousness.
OSI Group has long been one of the most reputed names in the processed meat industry. The company has set up its operations around the world and has taken over global markets during its expansion phases.
The company recently decided to start on a developmental venture that would significantly improve the services that the company offers and the production that they undertake. One of the first outlets that the company decided to conduct this development it was in their manufacturing units in Spain. During the past few years, the demand for meat products in the country had increased by a significant amount, which is why OSI Group saw this as the best time to conduct their development plans. It would help them meet the growing demand that was already prevalent in the industry, and it would assist them with finding ways to fulfill the industry and the void that currently exists in it.
One of the first places that OSI Group decided to focus their efforts was on the production end of the company. OSI decided to implement a number of new machines to be able to tackle the high demand that they are facing and to speed up the production of all the goods that they produce at the company.
With more and more companies moving towards the direction of more sustainable production, OSI Group decided to improve the services that they provide through upgrading their machines to curtail their carbon footprint and contribute to a greener company. These new machines have been specially designed to be efficient and environmentally friendly at the same time, which is why OSI saw implementing this as a good move towards a better future.
Because of the new improvements that the company has brought along, several new positions have opened up within the manufacturing units that OSI has. These new positions have been incredibly beneficial for people living in these areas and who are seeking new jobs. The economies of the countries that these units are in are also benefiting from the upgrades that OSI is making in their manufacturing.
Overall the improvements that OSI is making have been incredibly beneficial for the workings of the company as a whole. The company has always believed in continually developing and improving themselves, which is why they have still managed to stay ahead of other competitors in the meat production and processing industry.