With over 65 facilities in over 17 countries, OSI Food Solutions is one of largest value-added food suppliers in the world. Its enormous size and success allows the company to offer food-related organizations a business partner with capabilities unlike any other supplier on the market. Just like any other business, it too had its humble beginnings. Travel back over a century to 1909 and you’ll see that this company wasn’t always the giant like how it is today. The company’s founder, Otto Kolschowsky, was a German immigrant that had arrived on a boat only two years prior before starting his business. It began as a tiny meat market in Oak Park, Illinois before Otto moved the company to Chicago a couple of years later.
Fast forward to 1955 and the company, now known as Otto & Sons, creates a crucial partnership that will help define its future success. That partnership was with a man named Ray Kroc, an American fast-food tycoon who at the time had recently began working for McDonalds. As McDonald’s success grew, Otto & Sons continued to reap the benefits of being associated with the fast-food powerhouse. The company’s success continued to grow through the decades, and by 1973 it opened its first meat plant to process a high volume of products. The plant was unique in that it was specifically designed for shaping meat and freezing products via liquid nitrogen, an innovative characteristic at the time. As the years go by and company changes its name, it adapts to the market and continues to build upon the services and products it has available.
How did the company continue to grow so rapidly?
OSI Food Solutions has been able to cast its web farther and farther by acquiring food companies from all corners of the globe and by creating new joint ventures with established industries. Its thanks to this that OSI Food Solutions is able to process poultry, beef, and pork at an impressive rate, helping feed millions of people every year. Even with this industrial approach to processing meat, the company never sacrifices food safety in the process. Because OSI Food Solutions deals with food products in such enormous quantities on a global scale, they handle the management of food safety with the utmost importance. The company consistently develops better processes and standards in order to maximize their ability to monitor food safety all throughout their global network.