OSI Group is one of the largest food manufacturing companies in the world. There are 65 food plants operating in 17 different countries. OSI has a current staff of over 20,000 people working worldwide to ensure that clients receive the best quality. OSI delivers a number of different products including bacon, beef, fish, hot dogs and poultry. The company believes in satisfying the client and bringing the best service to every business deal. OSI Group has been in operation for over one hundred years. The company began as a small family-owned business in the Chicago area in the early 1900’s. A German immigrant founded the meat market and slowly grew his clientele.
By the 1950’s the local meat market was servicing other various customers, restaurants and markets in the area. In the 1950’s the company, then known as Otto & Sons, was discovered by Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc was the leader of the McDonald’s Corporation and was looking to move his enterprise into the Illinois area. He needed a meat manufacturer that he could trust and chose Otto & Sons for the job. Eventually Otto and Sons was selected to be the sole supplier of meat to the McDonald’s Corporation due to their creative business practices and innovative techniques. The company built a state-of-the-art customized plant designed to cater to the specific needs of the McDonald’s Corporation.
Doing so put them on the fast track of growth along with McDonald’s. In the 1960’s Otto and Sons became known as OSI Group. The company began doing international business and spreading the brand as much as possible. OSI Group currently has 65 plants operating in 17 different countries. It has a worldwide force to support an international business that continues to grow. Key acquisitions made by OSI Group included Tyson Foods, Baho Foods, Flagship Food Group and Turi Foods. Each of these mergers were strategically planned to give OSI a firm position in different areas of the food manufacturing industry.