OSI Group was founded in 1909 and has grown tremendously since its early days. The company was built by Otto Kolschowsky and his sons and was, appropriately, named Otto & Sons until changing its name to OSI Group during the 1970s. Kolschowsky set the company up for success when he made a deal to become one of the original suppliers for McDonald’s, way back in the 1950s. The two companies remained partners and expanded together overseas in the 1970s when Sheldon Lavin, OSI’s CEO, came aboard.
Now, looking at the last decade, OSI Group has done a lot to continue its expansion. The company recently purchased Flagship Europe, which is a UK-based company that offers its customers frozen poultry, pies, mayonnaise, sous vide products, dressings, and sauces. OSI rebranded the company as Creative Foods Europe after the acquisition and is happy to be able to offer more to its European customers. OSI also purchased a controlling stake in Baho Food in recent years and will be expanding into new markets in Germany and the Netherlands. Baho Food is a Dutch company with factories in the Netherlands and Germany. The company serves its customers deli meats, convenience foods, and snacks in 18 European countries and has five subsidiaries under its belt, which are Q Smart Life, Bakx Foods, Vital Convenience, Henri van de Bilt, and Gelderland Frischwaren.
OSI Group also started up a fresh beef production plant in Japan, which allows the company to offer more to its Asian-Pacific customers. The company also opened two new plants in the Indian cities of Punjab and Bangalore. In Ostróda, Poland, OSI has opened a new LEED-certified processing plant, which will focus on producing beef. The company has also set up joint ventures in the UK with the supermarket chain EDEKA and Pickstock. OSI has also focused more on global trade and benefited from the setting up of MPO Global Trade GmbH, which has focused on the poultry that OSI produces in Thailand and Brazil.
In Canada, OSI has teamed up with Select Ready Foods of Edmonton, Alberta to put together the OSI Select Ready Food Brand. In the United States, OSI purchased a former Tyson Foods plant in the south side of Chicago, which will help to support the infrastructure of its local, regional, and national operations. Along with its expansion, OSI has continued to focus on sustainability and has won a spread of important awards for its attention to its environmental management.