Technological Innovations Meets sustainability Strategies in OSI Industries

Since its conception in 1909, OSI Industries, worldwide food solutions and products provider, has maintained its rising growth trajectory, thanks to their innovative approach and sustainability efforts. They have always tried new innovative ways, taking advantage of the advancing technology, to make sure its operations and those of their suppliers are sustainable. They take a risk trying a new technology in order to come up with a cutting edge technology which streamlines their operations.

When it was still called Otto $ Sons, it was forced to look for ways to come up with products which were affordable, consistent as well as consumer driven to remain in the market. Just in time, there was a technological breakthrough called flash freezing. This technology made it easy for the company to expand its products as well as reduce the product cost. The company’s management has focused on robust research as well as development efforts to come up with sustainability strategies.

OSI Industries has 2 Culinary Innovation Centers located in the US and China. Apart from the facilities helping to come up with technologies to stream  operations, they also come up with technologies that enable the company to maintain environmental friendly practices. The company has invested significantly in creating an efficient supply chain as well as product lines that are consumer friendly. This is a core aspect of the company’s operations. The OSI Industries, the largest food provider with extensive experience, has focused resources and investments in coming up with good practices that are shared across the supply chain.

The company is committed to sustainability and in that line, it has created a chief sustainability officer office and made it among the core leadership positions in OSI. The company’s sustainability commitments cuts across all the company’s operations. Today, it is not only the global provider of processed meat products, but it also supplies vegetables as well as fruits. It has expanded its client base considerably.

The sustainability strategies are among the many strategies that the company has used to register a substantial growth over the years and gain worldwide recognition. The company has been ranked number 58 by Forbes in its 2016 Forbes list of largest private companies which have registered at least $6.1 billion worth of sales.

OSI Industries was built in a series of expansions, extensions and joint ventures. It spread out its operations to Brazil, Austria, Mexico, Poland, Hungary as well as Pacific Rim between 1980 and 2000. The company ventured into Asia-Pacific market when it entered into a joint venture with K&K Foods in 1987.

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.