OSI Food Solutions: Making A Concerted Effort To Expand Internationally

When German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky founded his family meat market Otto & Sons in 1909 in Oak Park, Illinois, it was known for its quality products. Today, over 109 years later, the name of the company has changed to OSI Food Solutions, but its reputation for quality products still endures. However, while the company originally primarily served customers in the Chicago area, OSI Food Solutions now has millions of customers in 85 different countries on 5 continents. Plus, the company no longer just supplies meat. OSI Food Solutions also provides dough, vegetable, poultry and fish products.

By the 1920s, Otto & Sons had increased their customer base to include restaurants and supermarkets throughout Illinois. In the 1950s they expanded their customer base by agreeing to provide beef patties for the McDonald’s franchise as it grew nationally. When Sheldon Lavin took over the company in the 1980s, he not only changed its name to OSI Food Solutions, he began taking the company’s products to a worldwide audience. Today, OSI Food Solutions has 70 facilities for processing food in 17 countries. Still, the focus of the company has remained providing the highest quality products.

Europe has been a major target of the global expansion efforts of OSI Food Solutions. The company recently acquired Netherlands based Baho Foods and UK based Flagship Europe. Adding those companies to its portfolio gives OSI Food Solutions new customers in an additional 23 European countries. The company also has food production facilities and customers in Hungary, Poland and Spain. But by using both acquisition and the building of new facilities, OSI Food Solutions continues to add millions of customers. Yet they were still able to win the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honor for excellent environmental sustainability practices in its facilities.

OSI Food Solutions has also made major inroads in Asia. It has facilities and customers in India, Japan and the Philippines. The company also has a huge customer base in China. The 10 poultry processing facilities it has built there over the past two decades has made it China’s largest poultry processor. Plus, OSI Food Solutions provides dough, vegetable and meat products to McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Subway, Starbucks and many other Western fast food companies that operate in China. OSI Food Solutions also creates many delicious, nutritious products designed to meet the unique taste of its customers in China, India and throughout Asia.

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