A History of Food Supplier Company OSI Group

OSI Group is the leading food product supplier for restaurants and retail companies that sell food products. Today, the company has thousands of employees and 65 locations throughout the world. The company started out with humble beginnings as it was founded by an immigrant family and would then expand into an international conglomerate. Over the last century, OSI Group has been a top supplier of food products and also a company that has emphasized sustainability and environmentally friendly policies. As well as being involved in environmental sustainability, OSI has also been a leader in innovation in the food service and retail industries.

At the beginning of the 20th century, OSI Group was founded by an immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky. He started up a meat retail and butcher shop in Chicago, Illinois. Within the first two decades of the business’ existence, it established itself as a very successful local small business. It would first be named Otto & Sons. During the decades leading up to and during World War 2, Otto & Sons would continue to thrive as a local business in the Chicago area. After World War 2, Otto & Sons would complete a transaction that would change the food industry for decades to come.

During the 1950’s, a number of small restaurants began to start up in suburbs all over the United States. One of these restaurants was McDonalds. This restaurant looked to sell hamburgers to consumers and was looking for a supplier. Otto & Sons met with the McDonalds founder Ray Kroc to become a beef supplier. Once the meeting with the two companies was finished, Otto & Sons would serve as the primary supplier of beef products for McDonalds. This one agreement would allow OSI Group to begin its rapid expansion.

In the coming decades, OSI Group would begin to expand its facilities to other parts of the Chicago metro area. It would then begin to expand to other parts of the United States. Once the company was finished expanding to other parts of the United States, it would then set its sights on other parts of the world. Over the next few decades, OSI would establish locations in China, India, Australia and Europe.

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