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OSI Food Solutions: From Chicago to the World

OSI Food Solutions is about as textbook of an example of the American Dream as one could hope to find: Founded in 1909 by a German immigrant, Otto & Sons went from being a local meat supplier and butchers shop in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois. Otto Kolschowsky ran the place with his sons, but soon enough they were a national, and then international, success.

When the new, brash idea of franchising came onto the national scene with McDonald’s in the 1950’s, OSI Food Solutions was there with them, growing in tandem with the fast food juggernaut. As long-time reliable suppliers for McDonald’s before they adopted a franchising model, OSI Food Solutions was able to keep their pace with the growing chain and maintain their position as one of the top 4 suppliers of meat for the international McDonald’s. If you see a McD’s anywhere in the world, odds are that OSI is there with them, supplying the products eaten at McDonald’s.

Adding to this initial success was the early adoption of refrigerated trucks and shipping containers in the 1950’s as well. They saw the potential for expansion in this new- at the time- technology, and began forming their own fleet of refrigerated delivery vehicles to ship their products from their main facility in Chicago across the country.

OSI Food Solutions has received many awards for safety, specifically in the U.K. The British Safety Council gave them the 2016 Globe of Honour for safety, and in 2018 recognized them with a merit at the International Safety Awards. Since 2011, they have slid up the Forbes Fortune 500, going from spot 136 (2011) to spot 58 (2016), with over $6 billion in sales revenue.

Their international expansion has resulted in increased productivity, and they bought a Tyson Chicken processing plant in Chicago to double their output of chicken products. Other acquisitions and expansions in various countries help fuel this expansion as well, such as Dutch food company Baho Foods.

OSI Food Solutions operates 65 facilities, spread over 17 countries, and employs over 20,000 workers worldwide. They also operate a Culinary Innovation Center in Aurora. They also provide their products to such companies as Subway, Pizza Hut and Starbucks. They produce a variety of meat products from hit dogs to patties to pizzas and bacon, processing pork, chicken, fish and beef, also selling vegetables and dough products as well.