Since its inception in 1909, OSI Group has scaled the ranks to become among the top hundred private companies in the U.S. Over the years the company has cemented its position as the leading producer and supplier of value-added food products. Under the watch of Sheldon Lavin and David McDonalds, the company has expanded their operations to more than 40 countries with processing facilities in seventeen countries. OSI Group is also one of the biggest employers boasting of a workforce of more than 20,000 employees working in their different facilities.
Transforming retail brands and restaurant chains
When Otto Kolchowsky opened the first butcher shop in Chicago, he aimed to supply the residents with high-quality meat. But his business expanded exponentially, and he began selling meat in wholesale to restaurants and supermarkets. In the 1950s, his company entered into an exclusive agreement with the McDonald’s chain of restaurants to become the sole supplier of hamburgers.
When Sheldon joined the food company in the early 1970s, he helped them to expand to overseas markets. Their target was to supply value-added products to markets outside the U.S. Today, OSI serves a broad customer base including restaurants and supermarkets where they supply their products.
Most of the retail brands and restaurants and leveraging on OSI’s capabilities and their global presence to provide quality food products to their customers. OSI has access to the world’s food supply chain, which helps them to offer competitive prices and superior products. Furthermore, their products are custom-made to ensure that they meet customer’s preferences.
OSI Group specializes in producing value-added food products with high nutritional value and products that take less time to produce. Over the years, OSI Group has put food safety at the top of the priorities by ensuring every batch that leaves their processing plants meets international quality standards.
Focusing on sustainability
OSI Group has focused on breaking the norms in the areas where they operate. Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of OSI is focusing on investing the company’s funds into environmental sustainability practices. His company has emphasized ethical production practices and environmental conservation.