OSI Group has been producing food for over 100 years now. They continue to do what they are best at, providing meat and other foods for their consumers. Since starting off as a pure supplier of meat products earlier in the 20th Century in the name of Otto & Sons, the company has come to become one of the largest companies that produce consumables in the world. The company has even partnered with companies such as McDonald’s, a duo that would later dominate the market. OSI Group started off in Oak Park, Illinois and then expanded to supply meat for the larger Chicago. After years of expansion and rebranding, OSI Food Solutions started moving to international markets most notably the European market.
Currently, OSI’s headed by Sheldon Lavin, who joined the organization back in the 70s as a financial advisor. Sheldon is responsible for the growth of OSI Food Solutions. Not only has he helped the company identify and manipulate new markets, but he has also supported the organization to acquire several other food production companies. One instant of such a purchase is the Baho Foods acquisition. OSI Food Solutions acquired baho Foods, a Dutch-based manufacturer of deli meats, convenience foods and snacks for an undisclosed amount. The management team for Baho Foods, however, was left intact so that they could continue with their strategy of growth now as a partnered institution.
Other acquisitions OSI Food has made include Flagship Europe, a food production company based in the UK that mainly deals with poultry products. Flagship Europe also acquired Calder Foods to add to the already influential OSI Food Solutions. Also, OSI Group acquired the Tyson Food Plant.
OSI was also able to double the production of chicken products in Spain and Portugal after they expanded their facility in Spain. This happened after growing demand for the products over the years.
All these investments have made OSI Food Solutions become one of the biggest food production companies, not only in America but also in the whole world. This factor has also caused them to be recognized by other organizations. The group has received an award in the UK from the British Safety Council, Globe of Honor, in 2016.