OSI Group—A Roadmap to Success

The Gazette article titled A Century of Innovation at OSI Group and posted April 30, 2018 provides a roadmap of how a local butcher shop started by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky in Chicago in 1909 grew to a multinational food provider with sales of $6.1 billion in 2017. The pathway to success began with development of a stable and successful local meat products business named Otto & Sons. The next step involved the fateful, strategic teaming with Ray Kroc just prior to the McDonald’s franchise startup in 1955. A technology breakthrough in the late 1960’s, the introduction of cryogenic food processing to quick freeze food, provided for product expansion and cost reduction, allowing Otto & Sons to expand facilities to meet the supply demands of the continued growth of McDonald’s and serve other markets.

Over time the company added several food products and non-meat products to what they offer including salsa, beans, tofu products and vegetable products for restaurants and retail. The company progressively went global by mergers, acquisitions and construction of production facilities in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, the Philippines, Mexico, Japan and China, among others. Part of this major global expansion was due to following McDonald’s move into the international market but also the OSI Group’s savvy business practices including opening their own Culinary Research Centers, one at their corporate headquarters in Aurora, Illinois and another in Shanghai, China.

These research and development facilities allow the OSI Group to partner with clients in the development of new and better products and to facilitate integration of the latest technology in food safety and quality in its operations. Sheldon Lavin, who became chairman and CEO in the early 1980s, brought the necessary experience as an investor and banking sector executive to work the sophisticated capitalization and negotiating needed to support this global growth. Forbes ranked the OSI Group #58 on its list of largest private companies in 2016. Much more about the OSI Group’s century of growth is detailed in the full article available at .Your text to link…

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