OSI Group has been leading in the food processing and packaging section for the longest time. Having been established by an investor immigrant from Germany, the institution has stood the test of time, offering its clients nothing but the best services since the first day it started to operate. OSI Group has been supplying its products to McDonald for decades. The hamburgers from the institution are what has made it become very popular among the people who love meat. Many people wonder why these products remain fresh and healthy, regardless of the conditions they are subjected to. Here is the process that these products have to be taken through before they can find their way into the shopping stores.
High levels of hygiene
Handling any food products required the highest levels of hygiene. OSI Group does not take this matter lightly. Since its formation, the process of making hamburgers is very delicate, and hygiene means so much to the people involved. All the employees have to undergo serious medical tests before they can be allowed into the factory and storage plants. If one of them has any stomach bug, they have to be subjected to vigorous treatments so that the cause of the sickness can be realized in time. These employees have to wear proactive gears before they are allowed into the room.
The meat used when making hamburgers has to be examined by experts so that they can be assured that there are no bones inside. OSI Group has ensured that this is a process that is carried out carefully so that no one finds its way in the final product that will be found in the market. The meat is also inspected to ensure that it is of the best quality so that the customers can be impressed. The meat is packaged into containers for the next stage.
The meat is minced
OSI Group has a long process for the hamburgers it offers its customers. The meat is minced before it can be cut into small burger patties. When the final product has been released into the market, it has to be tested by the professionals to assure them of the quality.
OSI Group is a leading food provider operating 65 facilities in more than 17 countries with an employment force of 20,000. Once a corner neighborhood butcher shop, the company growth over the years has been amazing. Today, the company is still growing and evolving while developing new and improved production methods to better serve its customers.
The rise to the top of the food processing industry for OSI Group began when a pairing of two companies happened. McDonald’s Hamburgers and OSI Group, which at the time was named Otto Kolschowsky & Son’s (OKS), came to an agreement, by handshake, for OKS to supply McDonald’s Hamburgers with fresh beef patties. At the time, McDonald’s was just getting ready to open its first restaurant and the plan was to offer franchise opportunities to interested entrepreneurs. The OSI Group McDonalds combination grew onto a blockbuster duo.
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As franchise opportunities for McDonald’s took off, OSI Group was its faithful companion. OSI provided each individual restaurant with beef patties and the parties had to be consistent across the board. Hamburgers are McDonald’s calling card and it is more than essential that everything about the hamburgers is essential. In addition to OSI, several other food suppliers were tasked with delivering quality meat products that had to meet all the restaurant criteria including being cost effective, consumer driven and being delivered long distances.
When the flash freeze process was developed, it made the OSI Group McDonalds relationship even stronger. The process brought the opportunity for cost reduction along along with product expansion and better consistency on the final product. McDonald’s consolidated it’s good chain supply and OSI Group was one of several companies to supply beef products to the restaurants. The OSI Group McDonalds partnership allowed OSI to build a plant dedicated to producing McDonald’s line of products.
The state of the art facility was built on a suburb of West Chicago, Illinois. The plant included the technologically advanced flash freeze technology and it’s ability to mass produce consistent beef products. The partnership was a business and economic boom for the OSI Group McDonalds partnership and it is one that is still thriving today and supporting the growth of both companies.
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OSI Industries announced recently that its subsidiary in Spain has doubled up its production. OSI industries in Spain increased its output from 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons annually.
With the recent expansion, the company is at a total production capacity of 45,000 tons of beef, pork and chicken products. During the development, the company added 20 new jobs to the already existing workforce of 140 employees. Among the new employee post was a post for a new production manager to improve the existing products.
José María del Río, the managing director of OSI Spain, described the expansions as a response to the fast-growing demand for the chicken product in the country. He stated that the consumption of Chicken products in the area has been rising by an average of 6% annually. However, in the last three years, the numbers have been increased to an average of 8% per year. He stated that these numbers are expected to increase shortly.
OSI Industries now has an additional new production hall, shipping and receiving areas, and refrigerator rooms waste container storage. It also received facility supply storage, the service area for oil, hot water, and nitrogen tanks. Also, the OSI industries also have a new product development kitchen to help create better products for the consumers among many more new projects.
David McDonald, the president and COO of OSI industries stated that the expansion would help bring new products to their portfolio. It is also aimed at growing the company with other foodservice and retain key accounts. OSI as a company aims at expanding to all parts of the globe and bring on board new customers who will appreciate their product. However, the company is not just aiming at making more profits at the expense of the consumers. OSI has taken on the Sustainability path and is making significant contributions to various communities. They are on board machinery that helps protect the environment. Recently, the company installed new equipment that lower energy consumption in the company by 20 percent. They also have in place co-generation system and a refrigeration unit that allows heat to be recovered which in turn increases energy efficiency in the company.
Sheldon Lavin has also made a great contribution in the development of OSI. Lavin and David McDonald will be has made a history due to their leadership. They also had incredible management skills. These figure has made a great name for this company.