OSI Group has had a highly successful business model and has done a tremendous job marketing their products to clients in the food distribution business.
Recently they bought a UK-based company, Flagship Europe. Flagship Europe has been supplying processed meats, sauces, and various pre-designed entrees to countries across Europe, and they will now have a chance to continue doing so but at a greater capacity. OSI Group will serve as the parent company but will allow Flagship Europe to retain its current leadership and staff and provide them with greater funding for operations. OSI Group has made many acquisitions over the years and have grown into a billion-dollar enterprise.
OSI Group has been a company for more than a century. It was founded in 1909 by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky who opened a small butcher shop in the growing city of Chicago. It stayed in business for over 40 years before the McDonald’s Corporation entered into a partnership with this shop to supply its meats, and not long after McDonald’s grew into one of the most well-known fast food chains. OSI Group continued to add to its portfolio of client distributors and before long it became one of Chicago’s highest volume production companies.
OSI Group specializes mostly in beef, poultry, and other processed meats. Its meats can be purchased both in raw packages, or precooked and customized into a finished product. Packages include sausages, bacon and breakfast foods, as well as prepackaged sandwiches and even pizza. OSI Group adheres to some of the strictest industry safety regulations and even won the British Safety Council’s 2016 Globe of Honour for its safety measures.
OSI Group has passed on through the Kolschowsky family to the current owners David McDonald and Sheldon Lavin. But it’s not lost its core values of treating employees and customers like family, as opposed to simply running another corporation by the book. OSI Group has long maintained a practice of offering or attempting to retain current employees whenever they buy a new plant, and seeking to increase job opportunities. OSI Group has plants operating throughout the US, Europe and East Asia.