Food Industry

OSI Group and McDonalds Hamburger Collaboration

OSI Group and McDonalds are partners when it comes to making hamburgers. Ever since the first McDonalds was set up, OSI Group was the one supplying meat products to them. This collaboration has become such a huge success that OSI was forced to set up a factory that would provide meat products to McDonald’s. This factory is called the Gunzburg factory located in the US. The Gunzburg factory is a huge franchise that makes all the meat patties and hamburgers for McDonald’s chains in the world. A brief visit to the factory was arranged to see the whole meat process and the safety of the food. This visit came up after several allegations that the restaurant’s hamburgers contain preservatives.

These allegations were brought up by one David Whipple who experimented on a hamburger by placing it in an enclosing for fourteen years. According to Whipple, the hamburger had not rotten even after locking it away for fourteen years. McDonlad’s came forward after these allegations and stated they did not use any preservatives for their hamburgers. We had to go to the factory and see firsthand if this statement was true. At the factory, we were required to wear a protective garment to avoid food contamination in case we came in contact with it. All the staff members also had on their protective garments while handling the meat.

The meat was first checked manually for bones and then packed into crates. The meat in crates is then transported to the meat processor where it is minced into a fine mixture. The meat processor machine also checks for bones in case any were left out during the manual checking process. Once the meat has been minced another machine is used to make it into hamburgers. The machine is used because it ensures precision and all the hamburgers are the same size and consistency. The hamburgers are then checked to ensure they have the right fat content. These are tested in the lab that is in the factory. After the visit, we were able to conclude that the McDonald factory does not use any preservatives for their hamburgers.


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.

OSI Industries, The Global Dealer in Meat Processed Products

Headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Industries is a global private company that deals in the production and distribution of meat processed products. The company owns more than 65 outlets across 17 countries. The firm was founded in the year 1909 by a German immigrant referred to as Otto Kolschowsky.

In the year 1917, the company grew to a wholesale meat trading firm and moved its business quarters to Maywood. In the year 1928, it was given a brand name of Otto and Sons. Since its inception, the company has witnessed a long streak of success and established itself as one of the leading meat suppliers globally.

Otto and Sons launched its first large volume meat facility in Chicago. The plant was designed with special nitrogen freezing equipment and patty forming machines. It founded an independent unit called Glenmark in the same year. The company dropped its Otto & Sons trademark for OSI Industries. Best Chicago Meat Company acquired its separate unit of Glenmark in the year 2011.

To satisfy its international market, the company entered into a partnership with General Milling Corporation in 1990 to establish a Philippines food processing company called GenOSI. In the year 2002, it penetrated the Chinese market to set up a meat company in Beijing.

It dominated the Asian market by launching Vista Processed Foods in India. OSI Industries has acquired many companies since its foundation. In the year 1996, it acquired a chicken firm referred to as Moypark.

It was later sold in 2008 to Mafrig. In 2006, It also purchased Amick Firms which is a poultry processor company.

In the United States, OSI Industries has its meat processing plants in California, Chicago, Riverside and Wisconsin amongst other areas. The firm manufactures several private label food brands. The foods are then later co-packed under the primary brand name and distributed to its various retail customers.

The firm has expanded its services from the US to more than 15 countries across the world. It has branches in North America, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Asian Countries. Some of its major products include pizzas, dough products, fish, bacon, and pork.

Due to its immense contribution to the food industry, OSI Industries has been recognized in significant awards globally. It was ranked at the 136th position in the Forbes list of the largest private companies in 2011. It quickly rose to the 36th position in 2006. In the year 2016, the company was honored with the British Safety Council Award.

Acqusitions and an Award for OSI Food Solutions

OSI Food Solutions has been having a lot of success in recent years, including several notable business acquisitions and an environmental award granted by the British Safety Council.

An American food processing company headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Food Solutions currently operates 65 different facilities in 17 countries around the world. It actually grew out of Otto & Sons, the meat supplier of the original McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines. These days the company employs about 20,000 people and still focuses mostly on meat products, though not exclusively.

The last few years have seen a lot of growth for OSI Food Solutions. First, in 2016 it acquired a warehouse and meat processing plant in Chicago; it had previously belonged to Tyson Foods, which closed it in 2015 for efficiency issues. The cost of the purchase was $7.4 million. That same year also saw the company gain a controlling share of Baho Food and Flagship Europe, the latter of which is part of the Flagship Food Group.

Both of these companies are active in Europe and thus represent a major expansion of OSI Food Solutions’ international reach. Baho Food has five subsidiaries and, like its new parent company, focuses on making meat products to be sold in both retail and food service; its plants are located throughout Germany and the Netherlands. Flagship Europe has also traditionally focused on meat products, but also purchased Oasis Foods back in 2010, which produces condiments like mayonnaise, dips, sauces and dressings. Flagship Europe also owns Oliver James Foods, Tabasco and Go On!

In another piece of interesting news, the United Kingdom’s branch of OSI Food Solutions was granted the prestigious Globe of Honour Award. This prize is given each year by the British Safety Council in recognition of work to protect the environment; groups that qualify must achieve the maximum five stars awarded by the BSC’s environmental management audit. The company was one of 18 organizations to be awarded the Globe of Honour Award in 2016.

“Leadership is a key factor in achieving excellence,” said the Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, Mike Robinson. “You can legislate for compliance, but you have to inspire people towards excellence.”

With all this in mind, it is clear that OSI Food Solutions has been on the rise recently, and is likely to continue on this track in the years to come.

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