OSI Group is a meat processing holding company that provides its services to both wholesale and food service facilities. The company is located in Aurora in the Illinois and its products include vegetable products, fish, pizza, bacon, meat patties, hot dogs and poultry products. Other names used to refer to the OSI Group Company are OSI North America and OSI Industries.
OSI Group was started in the year 1909 in Chicago as a local slaughter shop and a market for meat with the name Otto and sons. In the year 1955, Otto and sons received a boost when they were selected to supply Hamburger to the McDonald’s as a result of which it built a special plant in the year 1973 to provide this service. It is during this period that Sheldon Lavin got into partnership with the Otto family. He accelerated the growth of Otto and Sons into a global Company leading to the change of the company’s name from Otto and Sons to OSI Industries in the year 1975.
OSI industries extended its services to Spain, Taiwan, Austria, Brazil and Germany in the 1980s and it established two more plants in the US. In the 1990s, the Company’s services had reached Mexico, Poland as well as the Philippines. In the early 2000s, OSI Industries also extended its services to a number of continents through acquisitions and in the year 2004 its name was changed to OSI Group, LLC.
In 2010, OSI Group opened a production company for beef in Japan, extended services to India and continued opening up new plants within the US and in the year 2014 it got into joint ventures in Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada. Its joint venture in Germany with EDEKA, a well-known supermarket chain, provided a readily available market for its meat products. The United Kingdom’s Pickstock venture enabled the company to extend its services to all over Europe and collaboration with Select Ready Foods which is located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada allowed OSI Group to sell its processed meat products within Canada. The various acquisitions made by the company within 2016 include acquisition of the German Hynek Schlachthof GmbH, acquisition of the Baho Foods, Acquisition of UK Flagship Europe and the acquisition of Tyson Foods. All these acquisitions expanded OSI Groups production capability as well as its distribution boundaries.
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