Chicken products appear to be on the rise in Spain, or at least that is what’s happening with OSI Group and their sister company OSI Europe. They’ve now finished construction to upgrade a meat plant in Toledo, Spain that now has its previous capacity for chicken doubled from 12,000 to 24,000 tons. The cost to upgrade the facility was €17 million and OSI Group President David McDonald said it was in the company’s best interest to upgrade that facility because now more regional customers than ever can be served with chicken products. Beef and pork have made the plant’s total production to 45,000 metric tons.
OSI Group has been outstanding in meat processing and packaging for over 100 years. What they’ve always looked to keep is a company whose values are rooted in family and building relationships with customers. Otto Kolschowsky began this by opening a butcher shop in Chicago and delivering some of the region’s best beef and poultry to local businesses. His shop became a company known as Otto & Sons, and he and his sons kept it running even during the hard times of the Great Depression and second world war. After the Kolschowsky sons took over management, they made their biggest partnership in 1955 when they signed the agreement to provide McDonald’s restaurants with the meats for their new specialty burgers. With this new partnership, Otto & Sons now had a goal to grow with their fast food friends and become something special.
The late 1970s and early 1980s was when Otto & Sons became a global company with a few large processing plants constructed around the US and then in Europe. They soon changed their name to OSI Group and in the next three decades purchased several subsidiaries. They currently own, Select Ready Foods and it’s Canadian companies, K&K Foods in Taiwan, Baho Food in the Netherlands, Flagship Europe in the UK and domestic farms Amick and Fair Oaks. They are ranked number 10 in the top 50 meat companies along with Perdue and Tyson, and number 54 in overall food companies. Along with McDonald’s, OSI Group has been supplying their meats to Wendy’s, Subway, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and even a few meats to Starbucks. OSI Group has also shown they value employee safety and do as much as they can to eliminate employee injuries, and the British Safety Council recognized them for that by giving them the Globe of Honour.