OSI Group is an international supplier of food products to the world’s leaders in food service and retail food. OSI is one of the biggest privately help companies in the entire country, providing unrivaled resources and services to their clients all over the world.
OSI was originally founded in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky as a family-run meat market that serviced the Chicago area. Otto & Sons slowly grew and grew, becoming the first supplier of meat products to McDonald’s in 1955, continuously expanding to become OSI in 1975.
OSI Group has extensive capabilities, delivering custom food products that fit any client’s operation, helping them to maximize their business. Services include custom food product development and international food supply chain management. OSI has over 65 facilities, in 17 countries, run by over 20,000 employees.
For decades, the company has achieved great success and has continually grown. In the summer of 2016, OSI Group purchased a new warehouse in Chicago, formerly operated by Tyson Foods. This new processing facility and storage warehouse is 200,000 square feet and is close to their already existing Chicago facility. This new facility would help provide support for OSI Group’s continued growth.
During the same time, OSI acquired the controlling stake in a private Dutch company named Baho Food. This company was involved in manufacturing meat products and other food products for the retail and food service industries. They operated two main plans in the Netherlands and German, owning five subsidiaries companies. These subsidiaries and company as a whole have been in operation for nearly 60 years, serving clients over 18 countries in Europe.
A few months later, OSI Group made another announcement regarding their acquisition of Flagship Food Group’s Flagship Europe. Flagship Europe is a leader in the European food service industry, holding extensive and innovative products in numerous categories. Their products include frozen poultry, pies from Oliver James, sauces, dressings, and condiments. The company had extended its presence in the Food To Go sector of the industry in recent years, after acquiring a respected supplier, Calder Foods.
Acquiring Flagship Europe further extends OSI Group’s presence on the European continent. Their portfolio of products and services compliment OSI perfectly, while allowing them to also broaden their capabilities to serve their ever-evolving customer base.