OSI Industries- From a Small Butcher Shop to a Food Production Giant

OSI Industries is a global food solutions provider with its first family market inception dating back to 1909 in Chicago. OSI has maintained an unwavering dedication to their customers earning their trust as one of the world’s leading providers of processed foods. They are committed to providing value, quality, and affordability in line with customers’ food needs. Today, there are about 65 different branches in 17 countries with an average of 20,000 employees, making it one of the most prominent corporate food businesses in the world. OSI continues to grow with the demands of the food industry.

The origin of OSI Industries

OSI Industries is a brainchild of a US immigrant from Germany, who at the time belonged to a small German community in Chicago. Otto Kolschowsky, together with other people of German descent constituted at least a quarter of Chicago’s population. The city of Illinois was at the center for people heading to farm at the west and a booming industry hub for the nation and entrants. Two years after his entry into the United States, Otto opened his first small family retail market butchery. The venture was quite successful, and within a decade, he managed to open a branch and venture into wholesale business. It picked up quite well, and within another decade, he established himself as one of the stable family-style businesses branding it Otto & Sons.

A few years later, McDonald’s Hamburgers opened a shop, and both founders (McDonald’s & ‘Otto & Sons’) got into a handshake agreement to form a small but strong alliance that has spun over the decades. Otto & Son’s transitioned to OSI Industries in 1975, owing to the partnership and vibrant expansion as McDonald’s core supplier. McDonald’s ventured into the global market, and OSI Industries followed suit. Eventually, OSI developed into a large food chain supplying food products to a broader variety of establishments internationally.

OSI Industries established some joint ventures in countries, such as Poland, Mexico, Hungary, and Brazil. It later partnered with K&K foods to venture into the Asian Market. OSI Industries incorporates a variety of food solutions, safety measures and quality in its processing to position itself at the forefront of the modern food demands at a global level.

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