OSI Group Climbing to the Top

OSI Group proves once again why they are one of the top food companies in America. OSI Group began as Otto Kolschowsky Meat Market in 1909, in Aurora, Illinois. The company would become Otto and Sons after 19 years of operation and has been named OSI Industries since 1975.

OSI Group now places as the 39th largest food producing company in the United States while also operating in China, Germany, and the U.K. Now one of the leaders in providing sausage, bacon, beef, poultry, fruit, vegetables, seafood dough, and cheese products to restaurants. While providing amazing services OSI Group has been awarded the Globe of Honour. This award goes to a company that shows a commitment to environmental safety throughout the year.

This award, given by the British Safety Council, was won in November 2016, during this time OSI Group was also awarded the Sword of Honour for demonstrating an excellent commitment to worker health and safety. With winning these awards, OSI Group sets the bar rather high for other companies to reach for, while simultaneously climbing the ladder and gaining more recognition and growth for themselves.

OSI Group is on its way to the forefront of the food industry across the world, and have amassed a revenue of 6.1 Billion USD. OSI Group’s operations have been vital to the continuing growth of the restaurant industry, and continues to turn heads with revenues in 2011 alone reaching 3 billion, placing it as America’s 136th largest companies on Forbes. Having grown beyond the borders of the United States, OSI has recently expanded into Spain, with a factory in Toledo.

This factory has also done well as of late, well enough to warrant the addition of a high-capacity production line. These additions cost around 17 million euro, but has allowed the capacity of 12,000 tons of chicken to double, and with more chicken comes more jobs. OSI Group has been and continues to be a vital part of the food industries foundation.

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OSI Group is a leading distributor of custom-made food products globally. The company supplies food brands in retail to various outlets in the world. OSI Group is one of the leading private food companies based in the US.

Other services that OSI Industries provides include developing custom food products for an extensive supply chain of global food products. This means that the company sources the raw food products takes them through production and delivers them to the various clients. These food products are produced according to the client’s preference. The global food company which has been providing these services for more than 100 years ensures that the food products meet the utmost quality assurance and food safety standards that are required.

OSI Industries has over 65 facilities that are present in about 17 countries globally. The facilities employ approximately 20, 000 hardworking individuals. The company ensures that the food products that it produces are of the highest quality and standards. Moreover, the production of the company is consistent and it meets the response rate that is required globally. Therefore, OSI Group ensures that it partners with the right kind of individuals who will ensure that their food products reach the masses in a timely manner. Some of the food products that it supplies include various meat products like pork, bacon, meat patties and hot dogs. In addition to this, the company also produces dough products, pizza, vegetables and poultry products.


Currently, OSI Industries is among America’s top 100 food companies. The company which is based in Aurora, Illinois, was started in 1909 in the Chicago area. The food-based company was started by an immigrant from Germany named Otto Kolschowsky. The company started as a family-based meat park. By 1928, it had already expanded to various Chicago suburbs and it was known as Otto and Sons. The company was among the first to supply McDonald’s with meat patties when it was just a mere start-up.

During the 1960’s when the Cryogenic method of food processing began, the company continued to produce fresh meat supply using the freezing method that employs the use of liquid nitrogen. By 1973, the company had expanded rapidly into West Chicago. However, in 1975 Otto and Sons changed its name to OSI Industries.

Throughout the years the company has managed to expand rapidly by producing quality food products. By 2011, OSI Industries had listed by Forbes as 136th in the list of the top private companies. By then the company was raking in 3 billion dollars in revenue annually. Forbes listed the company as number 58 in the same list in 2016. The company’s CEO is Sheldon Lavin.