A Little History on OSI Group

OSI Group is a leading manufacturer of meat and poultry products. They are fed products to restaurants and grocers throughout the world. When OSI started its business, more than a century ago, they were only a small butcher shop. Today, OSI Group is part of the leading providers of food products in the world.

This all began with a handshake agreement Ray Kroc made with the sons of Otto Kolschowsky. The handshake agreement would be for OSI to provide Kroc’s new restaurant with the meat products it needed in order to provide its customer’s. The restaurant was becoming one of the world’s most recognizable names-McDonald’s.

OSI has received recognition on many environmental awards. They have got the 2016 California Green Business Award, the 2016 Globe of Honour, and the 2018 Environmental Recognition Award from the North American Meat Institute.

The company has gone through numerous name changes throughout its history. With the latest name being OSI Industries. When the sons of Kolschowsky were nearing retirement age, they brought in Sheldon Lavin. He is the current Chief Operating Officer of the company and has been since the mid-1970s. Under Lavin’s control, OSI has ventured into other avenues with accounts for Starbucks and Subway to name a few.

OSI Group has become a leading food supplier for restaurants since the 1950s when Kroc and the sons of Kolschowsky shook hands. Today, they are a leading provider of beef, poultry, and pork items. They make snacks for convenience stores.

Their biggest client is even McDonald’s. However, they have other convenience stores and restaurant clients now. When, they grew into a muli-national company is when they changed name from the OSI Industries to the OSI Group.

David McDonald is the Chief Operating Officer and President of OSI Group. Under his leadership, the company has grown exponentially. The company has headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. It also has satellite offices in China and Germany.

The company has sixty-five facilities in seventeen countries. They employ approximately twenty thousand people. The company began in 1909 and it was originally called Otto’s Meat Market. OSI began as a meat and butcher shop.