100 Years of Foodservice Innovation: OSI Group

Being one of the largest food providers in the world is not easy. There are certain aspects of the business that must be in place at all times and having good services that deal with logistics is vital. The United States is home to one of the leaders in this specific category. Located in Aurora, Illinois, is OSI Group, and it has revamped its style to handle every aspect in professional food services. This company is one of the largest privately held companies in America thanks to its more than 20,000 employees. On top of that, OSI Group has facilities all around the globe. These facilities are loaded with technologically advanced equipment, which makes them state-of-the-art. OSI acquires UK’s Flagship Europe.

In life, your past can definitely play a part in your future. This company’s roots span back to the turn of the 20th century. The city of Chicago was experiencing a boom in immigrant, and Otto Kolschowski just so happened to fit the bill. In the city of Chicago, there was a large number of German immigrants, and these German immigrants helped to fuel the economy. Kolschowski already had a plan in mind, and it was to start a business. This man opened a small butcher shop in Oak Park, Illinois, but who knew that it would grow into a mega-success. The esteemed Carl Sandburg once said, “Chicago is the city of broad shoulders.” The year was now 1928 and Kolschowki’s butcher shop was doing big business. The company’s name was Otto & Sons, and it provided the freshest meats in the region.

By 1955, the franchise modeling of restaurants began to take-off. McDonald’s, a new hamburger chain, began to make a name for itself. Ray Kroc, the former-owner of McDonald’s, used Otto & Sons as one of the restaurant’s main meat suppliers. This fateful development would go on to last to this very day. As time passed, Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI Group. By the 1960s, OSI Group had grown into an international corporation that provided a wide range of foods such as fresh dough products, turkey products, beef patties, onions, tomatoes, pizza, meatballs, Tofu, cooked sausage links, meatloaf and more.

OSI Group is now a multi-billion-dollar company in 2018. It has a total of 65 factories and facilities worldwide. Who knew that a small butcher shop would transform into a global giant?

For details: www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/8436-osi-group-acquires-baho-food

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