OSI Group’s Family Style Business and Charity

OSI Food Group is a unique business that has brought meats of all kinds to supermarkets and restaurants all over the world. With most of its produce coming from the US but also taken from European and Asian farms, OSI Food Group is all about selling products that work for customers in each market. OSI Group is privately owned company that has stayed true to its philosophy over the years, one that makes treating others as family a top priority. OSI Food Group started out as a McDonalds partner but now is servicing multiple fast food outlets in the Asia-Pacific region.

OSI Food Group was formerly known as Otto & Sons, named for German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky who came to Chicago in 1909 and started a family butcher shop. The Kolschowsky family worked hard to keep the shop open through all kinds of economic times, and its commitment to excellent tasting food earned it tremendous respect. The butcher shop eventually became a high profile company in Chicago named Otto & Sons and soon it began buying up other meat plants. In the 1980s after CEO Sheldon Lavin started bringing in more funding and growing the company to match the demands of McDonalds, Otto & Sons changed their name to OSI Food Group.

OSI Food Group currently operates in 17 countries and is still growing today. Some of its most recent foreign acquisitions are Baho Food, a meat marketing company based in the Netherlands, and Flagship Europe which produces ready-to-order meat specialties in the UK. OSI Food Group has also saved several plants from going bankrupt including south Chicago’s Tyson Food plant, but instead of simply buying and changing everything the food company does into corporate culture, OSI works to improve the company’s current service and retain as many employees as possible.

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