OSI Group is an international company dealing with food supply for both retail and wholesale clients. It is a privately owned company with its roots in the United States. The history of this prolific company dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century in Oak Park, Chicago. A German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky started a small meat market and butchery. He later expanded his retail business and started to supply to the wholesale market.The business grew from the branded origin of an immigrant family business to Otto & Sons. The family business retained that brand until the ending of the Second World War. It was now time to rebuild the world again; restore and expand the economies.In 1955, another booming business, McDonald’s Restaurant, opened their first hotel in Illinois and the man behind it, Ray Kroc who made a deal with the Otto Sons to supply meat for them.
The following twenty years’ are what has led to what we see today, a prolific Group of restaurants across the globe. The main product was the hamburgers which are sandwiches made by ground meat and salad vegetables among other food flavors.The discovery of nitrogen freezers paved the way for more growth of the business. The relationship between Otto & Sons and McDonald’s was so good that the two partners worked together all along developing ideas together. Otto & Sons were late rebranded as OSI Industries in 1975 and by 1980 OSI Group had crossed the borders to European countries in Germany and Spain.
Lavin had taken over the leadership of the OSI Group of companies in the 1980’s after serving as a company’s consultant for a couple of years. He’s the CEO behind the heavy capitalization and the great breakthrough of this company due to his experience in banking and financial management.OSI Group was ranked #58 in Forbes 2016 largest private company in terms of sales value and obviously making it a perfect Fortune 500 private company. The OSI Group has continued to grow to date supplying more delicacies to various restaurants across the Globe. The company has observed it’s processing to ensure they are in line with the environmental requirements.