OSI Group: From Being a Local Store to an International Success
Founded in 1909 by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky, the company now know as OSI Group has been supplying first the Chicago area, then the nation, and finally the world with meat and vegetable products for various restaurants, primarily McDonald’s. Through various transitions and changes in the companies history they have maintained their role as a major force in the food industry.
OSI Group was an early supplier for the then-small McDonald’s when it launched it franchise business model in the 1950s. McDonald’s growth has coincided with OSI’s growth, with the products provided OSI playing a role in the international growth of McDonald’s into one of the world’s best-known brands. OSI Group McDonalds partnership has benefited both organizations through the decades as OSI Group McDonalds have grown internationally together. OSI supplies many other well-known brands with their products, but the partnership between OSI Group McDonalds is arguably the most high profile partnership for both companies.
As OSI Group has expanded into international markets, they have also grown their presence in the United States through various acquisitions and expansions of their processing capacity in the United States and beyond. OSI Group McDonalds have made a name for themselves both in concert and separately across the Americas, Asia, Europe and Australia.
By acquiring many established food processors and producers in new markets, OSI Group not only gains a foothold in a new country or region but also saves themselves the headaches and expenses that come from starting from scratch. By merging with companies that already have processing capacity, delivery networks and a client base, OSI Group keeps its start-up and logistics costs down and is able to enter the new markets with business already underway. This has been a huge factor in the success of their expansions across the globe.
As OSI Group continues to expand its business interests and the region it operates in, it continues to be recognized through industry awards and placement at position 58 on the 2016 FORBES list of the largest private companies. The definition of the American Dream, OSI has been a classic success story.