OSI Group: A History of Quality Products and Expansion

OSI Group was started in the early 1900s buy a German immigrant.The company is started to expand after a business agreement to supply McDonald’s franchise restaurants with meat.they remained a major player and the international market by focusing on cutting edge technology. The company has recently been known for their continued expansion and growing dominance of the food supplier industry. They have had extreme Global growth and ranked number 58 on the 2016 Forbes list of largest private companies.They’ve also tried to continue to expand their product lines and diversify their business.

OSI Group was founded in Chicago, Illinois buy a German immigrant and his sons as a local butcher shop and meat market. They maintained a stable business and were an important part of their community. During the first few Decades of business however expansion was fairly limited although they did break into the wholesale meat market.

First major expansion of OSI Group happened after the conclusion of World War II with a handshake agreement to supply meat for the young McDonald’s franchise. This established the company as a reliable supplier and while McDonald’s consolidated their supply line, they became one of four primary suppliers for the restaurants. McDonald’s also helped the company go international by allowing them to provide meat and other products when the franchise started appearing in other countries.

In order to remain an important supplier OSI Group has always had a focus on research and development. Just within the past decade they have opened three new research centers and the need for consistent products has led them too many technological advancements that have reduced cost for their customers and increased the quality of their products.

OSI Group has expanded to nearly every continent, including a recent merger to expand their Australian operations. They have a presence in the Asia – Pacific region, throughout Europe, in South and Central America, increased domestic facilities, and are present in Australia and India. With the increased logistical burden of a growing international company, Sheldon Lavin was hired and quickly rose to become CEO.To this day, they remain headquartered near where the business was started nearly a century ago. But they have come a long way from a local Meat Market as one of the largest Food suppliers in the world with a dedication to providing sustainable and reliable products to customers with a focus on the impacts of modern food supply on the environment.

 

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