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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