American Made: OSI Group Acquires Baho Food

Have you ever heard of the OSI Group before? Forbes has, in fact Forbes ranked them #58 on America’s Largest Private Companies List. So what does the OSI Group do you may ask. The are food producers, with a wide range of products.

Chances are you are a customer right now. The OSI Group distributes meat patties, bacon, hot dogs, pizza, fish, poultry and vegetable products. The OSI Group is a holding company for meat processors needing to get their products out to retail and food service industries worldwide. The company has been around since the early 1900’s. Founded in 1909 by Otto Kolshowsky as family owned meat market and butcher shop in the Chicago area as Otto and Sons,USA.

Nearly 50 years into the business and the birth of another giant in the meat industry emerged. McDonald’s,and who did McDonald’s select to supply fresh ground beef? You guessed it, Otto and Sons. This magnificent business move funded the birth in the early 1970s of the USA plant, in Illinois Chicago then known as Otto Industries.

Wow. I wonder if Otto knew his little family butcher shop would become what it is today. Expanding globally the company grew into an american power house. If the OSI Group was a car, it would be an american muscle car with an engine like Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious Part 1. With offices world wide in almost every know country and continent. Even acquiring stock controlling stake of stock in new emerging private food corporations to name a few like Baho Food and Tyson in 2016. The OSI Group is a major american leader in food distribution. I like that saying, “major american leader”.

So whether you heard of them or whether you have not. At some point in time while on earth you have enjoyed their products. I got some OSI Group products in my refrigerator right now. Yes, I do and you do too. So the next time you are enjoying that bacon for breakfast or that hot dog for lunch, remember it all started from a little butcher shop owner.

You would think you would here more about America’s 58th Largest Company yet you don’t. I’m glad to know that the american dream is real or at least was at one time. A little business that satisfied a need now satisfies the world needs. Now that the OSI Group is at the top of the food chain, literally. We hope for the same great quality of food and service we have grown to expect. Thanks OSI Group for feeding the world.


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