OSI: A Tradition in the Food Service Industry

In 1909 a gentleman by the name of Otto Kolschowsky founded a family-ownedmeat market and butcher shop in the Chicago area of the USA; he namedthe business Otto & Sons. That business has become one of the leaders in the food production service. Today, the man behind the reins of OSI Group is Sheldon Lavin, Chairman and CEO.

The headquarters is now located in Aurora, IL., and provides food products in 17 countries, while employing over 20,000 employees worldwide. It goes without saying that OSI is one of the largest privately held companies in the USA.

The focus point that this company strives to achieve is one of providing high quality food products to its clients so they will always be able to provide the same to the consumers they serve. The OSI Group produces just about every food product in every food group.

known to man. They provide: meat, produce, seafood, pizza, baked goods, beans, and the list goes on. While the selection of products is important, OSI strives constantly to maintain the quality of each and everything that comes from their effort to serve the food industry.

So far it is safe to say that the OSI Group has earned the right to be at the top of their field. This makes any company a reason to be proud. The OSI group takes it further, in that they take special care in the preservation of natural resources. They realize that this is necessary to ensure that food will always be available to feed the world’s population. While this is a worthy and necessary contribution to the world market, OSI Group also takes very seriously the need for environmental protection. This should be one of the major concerns of any corporation operating throughout the world. This protection of the environment is one that OSI will never stop working toward.

What more can be said about a company that employs thousands, a company that provides a standard of quality to our food industry and one that does all this while consistently working toward making the world a better place in which to live.

OSI should stand as a mentor for any company, in any industry, who should copy OSI’s acceptance of the responsibility placed on them to safeguard the world in which we live.

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OSI’s International Expansion and Why It Has been so successful

OSI Group has been a leader in the food processing industry since 1909 when it was established. Even though a lot has changed since then, one thing remains constant: the company’s commitment to providing its customers with nothing but the best. When the current CEO of the company, Sheldon Lavin, took over, he had one vision—to transform the company into a global enterprise—and he has been making small but steady steps towards that. OSI’s first operation outside the U.S. was the Beijing facility, which it opened in 1992. Since then, the company’s presence in China has grown vastly, and it now has several other operations in the country.

Over the years, OSI has been forming strategic partnerships with other companies in the food processing industry to expand its market reach. Over the past 12 months, it has opened 7 new facilities in various locations around the world. Its leaders put a lot of emphasis on growth and expansion, and are investing a lot in this. The company partners with clients to find out what they need so that they can provide them with exactly that.

Strategic Partnerships

OSI recently purchased a plant in Chicago that formerly belonged to Tyson Foods for $7.4 million. The plant makes various food items including bacon, meat balls, hotdogs, hamburgers, vegetable products and poultry products as well. The company also purchased Flagship Europe, which makes dips, sandwich fillings, dressings, sauce, pies and marinades. OSI formed a partnership with Daho Foods, a Dutch company that manufactures deli meats, snacks and convenience foods. Daho Foods has operations in Netherlands and Germany and serves 18 countries in Europe, so this new partnership will really increase OSI Industries’ market reach. Through all these new operations, OSI is able to meet the growing demand for its products in the U.S. and beyond.

OSI currently has 65 facilities in more than 15 countries including the U.K, Brazil, India, Poland, Canada, Spain and Germany among others. The headquarters of OSI are in Aurora, Illinois. However, it runs its operations as autonomous units with local managers and employees as they understand the locals better and are better placed to meet their unique needs.


The decentralized business structure that OSI uses has worked very well for it. That is one of the reasons why its international expansion has been so successful. There is no micromanaging by top executives who do not really understand the local markets. With the excellent leadership and winning business strategies used at the company, OSI is bound to grow tremendously in the coming years.

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