OSI Group is known to be one of the leading food producers worldwide and operating in 17 countries. Its origin is from small beginnings, and it has risen to be one of the leading business corporates. Its transition and ability to survive the world war years up the current state is an indication of how resilient the operators have been. With the ever-changing world economy, the group has also been up to speed and keeps in touch with the modern business trends.
The history of OSI arises from the immigrants to America in early the 20th century. One Germany immigrant by the name Otto Kolschowsky was among the many Germany immigrants in Chicago. Since the town hosted the majority of the Germans and it is a point of entry for more immigrants, Otto Kolschowsky opened a butcher shop basically to serve the ever-increasing population. Over time, the shop became a success, and it expanded from retail to wholesale as world war one was coming to an end.
In the late 1920s, the shop changed its name to Otto and Sons after taking into consideration the family storyline. The meat business continued to thrive during the Second World War, and it was one of the major success stories in the American community. A guy by name Ray Roc through the McDonald business advised the franchising business model and gave the family an opportunity to be the main beef supplier to McDonald’s. This idea helped the business and gave it an opportunity to continue growing. This brought about a business agreement between Ray Roc and Otto and Sons where McDonald’s kept on growing while the beef suppliers kept making more profit by supplying meat.
The business friendship between the two businesses made Otto and Sons continue delivering consistent and affordable products which were consumer driven. Otto and Sons continued to be the main suppliers of McDonald’s after ensuring improved technological advancements to suit the growing demands from McDonald’s. This led to major developments particularly in the 1970s like establishing a plant in Chicago West. These were also the same years that Otto and Sons changed their names to OSI Group. With the rapid growth of the OSI Group, McDonald’s demands kept going up also. This led to OSI Group opening up a facility in Utah to keep up with such demands.
The symbiotic relationship continued when McDonald moved internationally. This is where a tactical plan was hatched of diversification to other meat products. An investment consultant was then employed to ensure a smooth change of leadership and continuing growth.