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.