OSI Food Solutions was one of 18 companies around the world to be awarded the 2016 Globe of Honor Award for its management of environmental risks by the British Safety Council. For an organization to qualify for the competition, the minimum requirement was five stars in the environmental management audit scheme organized by the British Safety Council between August 2015 and July 2016 to participate in the competition. The organization must also demonstrate its excellence in environmental management throughout the business to an independent group of specialists. It is also worth noting that OSI has won the Globe of Honor twice, in 2013 and even in 2015.
History of OSI
OSI Group is a leading food provider around the world that boasts of over 60 facilities based in 17 different countries with more than 20,000 workers. It began as a small butcher shop based in Oak Park, Chicago in 1909 owned by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant. By the end of the First World of War, the business had expanded into wholesale which included moving to Maywood. In 1928, the business enterprise changed its name to Otto & Sons. For years it continued to grow as a local business until its partnership with McDonald which saw it skyrocket. The ability of the company to adapt to new technologies enabled it to maintain its position as the leading meat supplier for McDonald’s to date. As it transitioned as both a local supplier and a fast-growing Midwest provider, Otto and Sons later came to be known as OSI Industries.
Growth of OSI
In the last ten years, OSI Food Solutions has developed into a leading supplier of protein products ranging from sausages to hamburger patties. The company also launched a beef production plant in 2010 in Japan. After that, two more plants were launched in India in 2012. The venture has also expanded into Poland, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Moreover, two culinary innovation centers, one in Shanghai and one in Aurora were established.
OSI Food Solutions bought a storage warehouse and food processing facility in Chicago previously owned by Tyson Foods. Tyson Foods had announced the closing of its facility to improve efficiencies. The property is intended to provide infrastructure for the booming business especially with its proximity to the existing OSI Chicago facility. Since its acquisition, OSI has expanded its manufacturing capabilities. OSI Food Solutions also acquired a Dutch food manufacturer, Baho Foods. Baho Foods owns five branches with processing facilities in Netherlands and Germany. However, unlike Tyson Foods, the management team of Baho Foods remained part of the business and worked under OSI.
OSI Food Solutions has withstood the test of time and succeeded in becoming a trailblazer in the food industry. The business enterprise continues to expand in other continents as it provides quality food products to the market.