OSI Group: From Family Business To Global Corporation

It is not easy to run a company that is responsible for serving as a food supplier and key partner to countless businesses that are operating within the incredibly competitive food and beverages industry but somehow international food supplier giant the OSI Group manages to do it successfully. Today the OSI Group is a company that has offices and employees in countries that are located all around the world. The company has a business presence in both the United States where it was founded, a presence in Europe as well as in East Asia.

The OSI Group employs an incredibly capable and skilled executive leadership team in addition to 20,000 employees in its offices and facilities all around the world. However while the company that is known as OSI Group has thousands of employees and a positive global reputation this large multinational corporation actually has quite humble origins. The company was founded more than 100 years ago in the mid-western state of Illinois by a man named Otto Kolschowsky. The company began as a standard meat market and was subsequently named Otto and Sons indicating its status as a family business. Decades later Otto and Sons would still be in business during the 1950s when it would land a key business relationship with the soon to be renowned restaurant entrepreneur Ray Kroc. Known for its high quality meat Ray Kroc would go on to choose Otto and Sons to be a supplier of hamburger patties for his new company McDonald’s. As many people no doubt know McDonald’s would go on to become an incredibly successful fast food restaurant and its Chief Executive Officer Ray Kroc would go on to be known as a pioneer in the fast food business.

Otto and Sons arguably played an integral role in the success of McDonald’s and was a valuable partner that enabled the company to become what it is today. Today OSI Group, which might be seen as the business offspring of sorts of Otto and Sons, has continued to be a vital partner to players in the restaurant and food services industries. OSI Group has grown from being a reliable family business to a sprawling organization that is composed of executives and employees who work together to deliver food processing solutions to a wide variety of clients. The OSI Group, which is currently led by its sitting Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Lavin, has even been recognized for its groundbreaking work in the food processing industry by being named one of the top 100 Food Companies in the United States.

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