German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened a meat market in Oak Park, Illinois in 1909. By 1928, Otto had expanded into the meat trade and renamed his company Otto & Sons and began earning a positive reputation in the area. A big breakthrough for the company came when Otto’s sons partnered with McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, supplying beef as McDonald’s expanded across Illinois. Since then, OSI Food Solutions, as the company came to be known, has made a name for itself as a global supplier of meat products, with more than 65 facilities in 17 countries, with over 20,000 employees.
OSI Food Solutions are leaders in responding to food demands across the globe. In the fall of 2017, its plant in Spain doubled its production of chicken to meet what the company saw as a growing demand in Spain and Portugal. The plant is part of an expansion strategy that will add new products and foodservices to its portfolio to meet the demands of the future. Back in Illinois, the company bought a Tyson Foods production plant in June 2017, which Tyson had planned to shut down in October that year, and the company was able to offer jobs to many that were still employed at the plant. This move again was part of the company’s expansion strategy, in order “to meet the rapidly evolving needs of our customers,” the senior executive vice president for OSI North America, Kevin Scott, said.
OSI Food Solutions strives for quality as well; its UK branch won the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour Award in 2013, 2015 and 2016 for its dedication to working to improve its environmental impact. OSI works toward exploring ways to improve its sustainability—from ensuring its equipment is energy efficient to providing ideal working conditions for their employees. On November 2017, its Spanish division was awarded the MC Mutual Antonio Baró Prize for the Prevention of Occupational Hazards.
OSI Food Solutions are willing to adapt to the growing demands of their industry, and with their global perspective, they have the experience and talent to meet those demands. That is why OSI Food Solutions has been recognized consistently as one of America’s Top 100 Food Companies.
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