OSI Group Food Service History

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OSI Group is a renowned food provider that is recognized around the world. They work with retail groups and food service providers to provide food that is safe, appropriate for different food tastes around the world and has high standards of quality.

OSI Group’s international headquarters is in Aurora, Illinois. The company was started in 1928, under the name Otto & Sons, after founder Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant, opened up a wholesale meat trade business. Otto & Sons partnered with Ray Kroc, founder and CEO of McDonald’s to be one of McDonald’s meat suppliers. After the advent of cryogenic food processing in the 1960s, McDonald’s dropped most of their meat suppliers and focused on four groups to supply their beef. Otto & Sons was chosen to be one of the four meat suppliers for the major fast food chain. In 1975, the business changed it’s name to OSI Industries.

OSI Group was awarded the prestigious UK Globe of Honour Award in 2016 for environmental management. This award is given to companies that not only get five stars in the British Safety Council’s environmental management audit, but they also have to excel to an independent panel of experts that they go above and beyond environmental management from the the company’s executive boardrooms to production floors. With such rigorous scrutiny, to be eligible for the award, receiving it is of the highest honors.

OSI Group comes from humble beginnings, but has since expanded globally and offers food service programs and partnerships all over the world. It was listed as number 58 on Forbes list of largest of private companies in 2016. From a German immigrant’s dream to open up a respectable meat market in America to a globally recognized company and food supplier, OSI Group’s story is truly an American dream.