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OSI Group was founded in 1909. It is a private-owned American company holding meat processors. All too often, this company serves the retail food industries. Like any other company in the industry, OSI Industries has its central office in Aurora, Illinois.

The History of Foundation

Two years after his arrival in the United States of America, Mr. Otto Kolschowsky opened a family-based meat processing company in Oak Park. After serving the market for about eight years, he expanded the meat processing company into a wholesale supplier. After that, he relocated the company to Chicago. In 1928, the company changed its name to Otto & Sons. Under Otto’s leadership, the company established a stellar rapport as the major supplier of meat-based products in the location. Not only did it supply meat but the meat was of high-quality as well.

OSI Group is born

In 1995, McDonald’s, then serving an emerging start-up coupled with grand aspirations, launched its first branch in Des Plaines. Surprisingly, Otto was chosen to be the primary supplier of beef patties. Ray Kroc finalized the deal. From that point, the duo formed a tight business relationship over the years. OSI Group became the major supplier of meat-based products in restaurants. Furthermore, the company ventured into expanding its service scope across different localities. OSI Group has been expanding its operations since then.

The Spain Acquisition

Just recently, OSI Spain, an affiliate of OSI Group announced the addition to a high-capacity production line to the existing plant in Toledo, Spain. It is projected that the new plant is worth £17 million. First announced this year, 2018, the new acquisition is an additional production facility to OSI Group’s original capacity. Until now, the new plant has processed about 24,000 tons of chicken from the 12,000 tons that OSI Group used to produce before the acquisition.

Baho Food

In 2016, OS Group acquired Baho Foods. The Dutch facility specializes in the manufacturer of deli meats, snacks, and convenience foods. Although the financial terms of the contract were withheld, it is evident that OSI Group ventured into a new, beneficial business.


On the new acquisition, Mr. David McDonald said that the company’s portfolio of products complements what OSI Group manufactured.

Additional Information

OSI Group operates its plants across America. Some of the plants are located in Geneva, Chicago, Oakland, Iowa, Fort Atkinson and Riverside in California. The company specializes in the production of private label branded foods coupled with co-packs from major brand names.

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OSI An Example Of Excellence

OSI, out of Illinois, is one of the largest private business corporations in the United States. This Forbes Top 100 company is one one of the largest food providers for both retail and the food service industry.

Founded by Otto Kolschowlsky in 1909, the the company started as a meat market in the Chicago Suburb of Oak Park. As their market grew, it took on supplying wholesale meats and inevitably outgrew their shop moving to nearby Maywood in 1917, another Chicago suburb. Here they changed their name to Otto and Sons to OSI Group and developed a solid reputation as a major, high-quality meat supplier.

In 1955, with a handshake, Otto and a young restaurateur named Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds, made a deal that would forever change the company into a national and later international company. The two were able to form a bond in business as well as personally that endured through many years. Cryogenics paved the way for the flash freezing of beef making long distance shipping possible. This allowed McDonalds to buy from just a few frozen beef suppliers, and Otto and Sons won the contract to be one of four companies that supplied the restaurant super chain.

After years of high performance delivery and high quality beef supplies, the company changed their name to OSI Industries. They have diversified, and now supply other major chains like Subway, Starbucks, Papa Johns and Pizza Hut. They have also made solid acquisitions at the production end as well with the purchase of a Tyson Foods plant in Illinois, Baho Foods a Dutch specialty meats supplier and Flagship Europe, a diversified frozen food supplier.

Through the years, OSI has proven to be an award-winning employer, a positive community member and a preeminent performer in the food service industry.

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