What once was a small Chicagoan market in Illinois is one of the largest food suppliers in the world. It started with one store 109 years ago, and today has warehouses, farms, and processing facilities and plants throughout China, Europe and the US. Otto Kolschowshy came to America from Germany to fulfill his dream naming the meat market Otto & Sons in 1924. McDonald’s gave the company its largest food processing and distribution contract to produce fresh beef patties and other products in the 1950s. Since then, OSI Group increased the product line to include raw and cooked sausages, chicken, pork, fish, and beef.OSI Group values its clientele of brands and restaurant chains needing customized menu items with quality assurance and safety.
In 2016 and 2017, the company closed transactions to acquire a local food processing facility, warehouse, Philippine processing facility, Flagship Europe, and Dutch Baho Food. A year before the acquisitions, OSI hired Dr. Kenneth Petersen to run the Quality Assurance Division of Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs. He brings years of experience as a former assistant administrator for the Office of Field Operations and president of Regulatory Compliance. Petersen worked for the United States Department of Agriculture and IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group before joining the organization.The OSI Chefs work with Research and Development professionals to create variety of items to the specifications of restaurants and retailers.
They’re committed to the creation of high quality product and safe productions of fresh cut, raw, and processed chicken and beef. The chicken is available in the battered and breaded pieces, nuggets, and meatballs. Beef processing includes steaks, Salisbury, burgers, meatloaf, and meatballs. OSI Group provides pork processing for links, patties, and bacon strips, bits, and chips.Otto & Sons changed the name to OSI Industries after going international and adding to its product line. Joint partnerships allowed the company to grow faster which resulted in another name change to OSI Group LLC, in 2004. Sheldon Lavin is one partner who serves as CEO and Chairman with ownership rights since the company transitioned in the 1970s. He has driven OSI to success by strategic business acquisitions.