OSI Group- Its Origin And Growth

OSI Group is the biggest food company in the world. It is also one of the biggest businesses in the United States. Forbes ranks it at number #58 out of the top 100 private businesses in the country.

The company is currently operating in 17 countries. On top of that, they have built 65 production plants and employed over 20,000. This is a company on the rise. It is trying as much as possible to make a difference in the industry as it focuses on growing its operations further to many countries. This organization is keen on taking the operations of the food industry to another level.

The history of OSI Group goes back to 1909. Otto Koslschowsky, a German immigrant living in Chicago started a butcher shop two years after moving into the country. The butcher shop grew over time to become the company we have today. The transformation of the company is huge. It first developed into a regional supplier of meat products before it turned to the global market. The growth of the McDonald’s influenced the growth of the company. OSI Group, then called, Otto & Sons were among the first suppliers to the McDonald’s. The restaurants’ franchise did very well over time, and it became a top company in the world.

As McDonald’s developed, demand for food products kept on rising. It got to a point where the growth was so huge that OSI had to build a food production plant to supply to the McDonald’s. The partnership between the two businesses kept on getting better over time. The business was growing very fast, and the demand for food products kept on growing. To meet the huge demand that was taking place in the industry, OSI Group kept on growing its production muscle. It increased its production capacity until such a time when they went independent. They stopped relying on McDonald’s only.

The success story of OSI Group would however never be complete without the impact of CEO Sheldon Lavin. It is after he joined the company that the operations changed and the company started doing better than before.

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