From Humble to Huge: OSI Group’s Story

OSI Group is the multinational food production giant you probably have never heard of. With the humblest of roots as a German immigrant owned butcher shop in Chicago Otto & Sons, which would grow into OSI Group, developed into the giant it is today with one simple deal: McDonald’s. When the McDonald family sold their small hamburger stand, OSI was selected as the provider of fresh ground beef for the company. No one could have expected the explosive growth that McDonalds, or OSI Group would experience over the decades.

Over the years, OSI has lead the pack in inventiveness and efficiency as a food processor. In the late 1960s they invested heavily in technology for a groundbreaking new process: Flash Freezing. This decision ended up paying dividends for OSI because around the same time McDonalds was going through a supply chain consolidation. Due to OSI’s ability to quickly and affordably produce the enormous amounts of ground beef a company like McDonalds would need. OSI went from being one of about 100 suppliers to one of four. OSI Devotes so much business to McDonalds that they built a brand new facility in 1973 just to supply McDonalds. While McDonalds is not the only business OSI serves, it is by far their largest. They do still provide product to local restaurants and stores, albeit under a different brand. To know more about the company click here.

OSI went international at the same time McDonalds did, and as part of a joint expansion venture. Germany and Spain were the first multinational expansions of OSI. Recently, OSI’s plant in Spain went through a slight overhaul effectively doubling the annual tonnage of chicken that it can produce. Before the overhaul, the plant in Toledo, Spain could process 12,000 tons of chicken. This increase is in response to global food trends as observed by OSI group with an increase in Spanish and Portuguese chicken product consumption. This is also good news for the local economy, as more production equals more local jobs.

OSI is undoubtedly the leader in food processing across the globe. They provide millions of pounds of beef and poultry products to restaurants around the world, and have been on the cutting edge of efficiency and productiveness. Few corporations can boast of the same innovation as OSI.