The food industry is very large. There are many businesses located within the food industry, one business is the OSI Group. The OSI Group was originally a small family meat market founded in the year 1909 in Oak Park, Illinois by Otto Kolschowsy.
In 1928 the small family meat market became known as Otto and Sons and created a reputation for offering good quality meat. In 1955 Otto and Sons began working with McDonald’s which quickly became their main source of business. Late in the 1960’s McDonald’s no longer needed as many fresh beef suppliers because of the release of Cryogenic food processing.
Otto and Sons became one of McDonald’s 4 meat suppliers. In the year 1973 Otto and Sons opened its first large meat plant and developed liquid nitrogen freezing tunnels as well as a patty former. In 1975 Otto and Sons changed their name to OSI Group.
The Growing Business, OSI Group
The OSI Group has grown a lot over the past several years. OSI Groups Mission is to responsibly manage their business with in the social, economic and environmental frameworks where they operate. OSI has over 60 plants located in 3 different zones – the America zone, Europe zone and, the, Asia/Pacific/India zone.
OSI Group corporate office as well as 6 of their U.S. plants are located Illinois, with many other plants in the U.S. In the year 2011 Forbes magazine ranked OSI Group as 136 in America’s largest privately owned company bringing in $3 billion. In 2016 OSI Group was ranked 58 by Forbes magazine bringing in $6.1 billion.
Products Offered by OSI Group
OSI offers many different meats however they offer other products as well. Some meats they offer are bacon, breakfast sausage, hot dogs, Italian sausage, bratwursts, Chicken, beef, and pork.
OSI Group also offers many other products such as pizza dough, bread sticks, flat breads, Paninis, soups, cheese sauces, salsa and much more. OSI group has also been supplying to fast food chains in China such as Subway, Starbucks, Papa Johns Pizza, and Pizza hut.
Safety at OSI Group
As far as safety goes OSI group has received awards for management of health and safety risks and environmental management. They state that the employees OSI Group hire know that safety and quality always come first. They have annual quality audits to make sure their products are tested against many different standards and requirements.
This includes government, customer and their own requirements. They evaluate every product during every shift, have weekly evaluations and preform complete audits 4 times a year. They put safety first when designing new processes and equipment.
Summary of the Growing OSI Business
The OSI group was originally called Otto and Sons and was only a small family meat market in Illinois. Since then the company has grown and now has over 60 plants in many parts of the world, and is quickly growing on the Forbes magazines’ largest privately owned business list ranking 58 this year (2016).
OSI is working with many different fast food restaurants producing different kinds of meats, soups, dough and breads. Safety and quality put as number one priorities at OSI Group and they have been awarded for doing so.