OSI Group has grown rapidly into one of the world’s largest value-added food suppliers. The company now operates more than 65 facilities in 17 countries, with more than 20,000 employees. OSI ranks as one of the largest privately held companies in the United States, and its resources offer food-related organizations a business partner of unparalleled strength, responsiveness and global reputation.
Retail brands and restaurant chains can leverage OSI’s capabilities and global scale to produce value-added food products. With access to the world’s food supply chain, OSI is able to secure good prices on superior products that fit their customers’ operations, match their customers’ culinary profiles, reduce preparation time and ensure food safety. OSI food items are formulated to satisfy a great range of tastes, and the company’s vast reach ensures that you can find best-in-class choices to satisfy any palate.
Extraordinary Group Acquisitions Position OSI as Global Food Leader
Over the years, OSI has acquired or entered joint ventures with processing plants, warehouses, farms, and many poultry processing facilities. The company is working diligently to become the premier global food provider to leading branded companies in North America, Europe and other areas of the world. Along with its North American and European locations, OSI also has a number of facilities in Australia, China and India, and runs a joint venture, GenOSI, in the Philippines. OSI has aggressively expanded its poultry business in the United States, Europe and China.
OSI recently doubled its chicken processing capacity at the OSI Food Solutions facility in Toledo, Spain. The company invested €17 million to double its processing capacity from 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons of chicken to create several different products. This expansion increased the Toledo facility’s capacity to process pork, chicken and beef products to a total of 45,000 tons and added 20 jobs to the current workforce of 140 people. The local demand for chicken products has increased by 8 percent in the past three years after a previous decade of 6 percent annual growth. This increased demand for chicken items follows similar poultry trends seen around the world.
Expansion of production facilities allows the company to develop exciting new products. OSI works diligently to foster environmental stewardship and greater sustainability in all its development projects. New equipment in the Toledo facility, for example, has cut electric consumption by 20 percent. This OSI Food Solutions facility also meets requirements of Environmental Standard ISO 14001, the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), as well as the rigid food and safety regulations required by Food Safety Standard FSSC 22000. The facility has also been certified to the Social Responsibility Standard SA8000:2014.
Examples of some of OSI’s 2016-2017 food processing acquisitions include:
- Baho Food, a Dutch manufacturer of deli meats, snacks and convenience foods
- The purchase of a Chicago food processing facility and storage warehouse, which was formerly a Tyson Food plant
- Acquisition of Flagship Europe, a company that specializes in sous vide products, frozen poultry and a variety of sauces and dressings, and was aptly renamed Creative Foods Europe in 2018
- Opening of a new processing facility in the Philippines for its joint venture company, GenOSI, in May of 2017
David McDonald, president and COO at OSI Group, LLC, commented on its pattern of acquisitions, stating that the company wants to grow consistently. OSI also plans to continue expanding its product lines.
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OSI Product Capabilities
Unlike many suppliers of prepared foods, OSI makes everything according to custom specifications for its customers, which is considers valued business partners. The company does not offer a standard catalog of food items; instead, OSI works with its customers to find out what type of item and what flavor profile each one is seeking, and creates a custom formulation based on each customer’s needs. The OSI Culinary and R&D teams stay abreast of consumer trends and are aware of both the newest and most popular flavors and approaches to food products around the world.
The experienced team at OSI can develop menu items for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacking, food deliveries and cuisine-specific menus including delicious protein items as well as vegetarian choices.
OSI poultry processing creates a variety of products for restaurant chains including battered and breaded chicken pieces (such as chicken nuggets) and chicken meatballs. The company can also provide raw cuts through its divisions in the US and China.
Beef processing produces a variety of raw, cooked and formed products including burgers, beef steak, meatballs, meatloaf and Salisbury steak.
The company’s pork processing includes raw and cooked sausage patties, cooked sausage links, roasted pork, riblets, bacon bits, bacon chips and raw and precooked bacon strips. Specialties include Genoa salami, pepperoni, flavored sausage products and hot dogs. Hot dogs are also available in beef and poultry versions.
Heat-and-Serve Sous Vide Processing
Sous vide foods bring one of the latest culinary trends to processed foods that food operations can use to serve trendy culinary choices while providing the utmost solution for food safety. This method is used by OSI on protein items and vegetable products to ensure consistency with every batch.
Incredible Commitment to Food Safety
OSI hired Dr. Kenneth Petersen to head the company’s safety division as Senior Vice President, Quality Assurance, Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs in 2015. The company is committed to food safety, and Dr. Petersen’s appointment underscores that commitment. Dr. Petersen has served as president of the Division of Regulatory Compliance at IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group. He also held the position of assistant administrator for the Office of Field Operations in the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, DC. He holds a Master of Public Health and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine among his many credentials.
OSI Group, LLC, was founded in 1909. Initially known as Otto’s Meat Market, the company changed its name to Otto & Sons in 1928 and to OSI Industries, LLC, in 1975. When the company branched out internationally, it became known as OSI Group. The company now has facilities in both of the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The company’s main office is located in Aurora, Illinois, USA, with branch offices in Germany and China.
OSI has grown into one of the world’s largest processors of convenience restaurant foods because it has worked hard to standardize its food safety and production processes and establish personal connections with food service partners and other community organizations in every location where it operates. For example, in Illinois, where its corporate headquarters and several processing facilities are located, the company works with Ronald McDonald House Charities and other food-related charities such as The Northern Illinois Food Bank, which is part of Feeding America.
OSI began rather humbly when founded by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky. The company really began to grow exponentially after Ray Kroc of McDonald’s selected it as his first meat supplier in the 1950s. The company’s major products today include meat patties, hot dogs, sausages, chicken items, frozen entrees, fish products and vegetable dishes such as prepared beans and fresh salsa. The company supplies food to some of the top names in the restaurant business.
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