For over 100 years, OSI Group has been the leading company when it comes to food processing. This company which humbly started out as a tiny butcher store has grown to become a multinational food provider.
Today, this company operates through 65 facilities all spread over 17 different countries. Under its wing, the OSI Group has more than 20,000 employees.
In 1909, Otto Kolschowsky, having immigrated to the United States only two years before, decided to open up a tiny butcher store on the West side of Chicago. It took him a decade to expand his small business into a wholesale scale. It was eventually rebranded in 1928 and renamed Otto & Sons. From there, the business only became more stable and successful which laid the foundation for the successful billion-dollar company that exists today.
In 1955, the first McDonald’s restaurant was launched by businessman Ray Kroc. Prior to this, he had made an agreement with the grandsons of Otto Kolschowsky who would supply his tiny business with fresh meat produce. With the rise and expansion of the McDonald’s company came the rise and expansion of Otto & Sons. They quickly became the primary supplier for the whole OSI Group McDonalds company.
The next two decades transformed this tiny family business into a global corporation. They eventually changed the name to OSI Group. This company had long established itself for producing a consistent, high-quality product that was the foundation of McDonald’s largest product- their burgers. In fact, in the 1960s, technological advancements made the OSI Group even more efficient in their production. Thanks to cryogenic flash freezing, the OSI Group and now OSI Group McDonalds have a way to produce more for way less.
Therefore, it makes complete sense why the OSI Group McDonalds was named one of McDonald’s core suppliers when the company decided to consolidate its supply chain. This was a huge step in the success of this company. In the next years, the company focused on ramping up its production. Its first production facility was opened in 1977 just outside of Chicago.
From there, the company has continued on its upward trajectory. It absolutely helps that the OSI Group McDonalds has been riding shotgun with the largest company of the 21st century for the last 100 years.