OSI Food Solutions is at the top of its game as of 2019. This company started as a family-owned and operated business in Oak Park, Illinois. Founded by German-immigrant Otto Kolschowski, this family-owned business would become a vital meat supplier for its local community. Business was so good to where the company was invited to work with an up-and-coming hamburger chain named McDonald’s. Of course, the invite was actually a handshake among the two organizations. Otto & Sons was OSI’s title back in the day, but after it started to receive so much success, company leaders decided to change the name to what it is today.
OSI Food Solutions was McDonald’s first supplier of fresh beef. When the inception of cryogenics came along, OSI greatly benefited from its flash-freeze technology because the meats could be stored for longer periods of time. By the time 1973 rolled around, the company would build a plant that solely worked with the production of beef. This new plant only catered to McDonald’s at the time. As time passed, the company would go on to work with many more high-profile food retailors such as Burger King, Yum, Starbucks, Subway, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s Pizza.
OSI food Solutions has at least five plants in the United States. These advanced plants can be found in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, California and Utah. On a global scale, the company has plants in Brazil, Japan, China, Spain, India, Hungary, Canada, Poland, Ukraine and many other countries.
Baho Food and Flagship Europe are two of its biggest acquisitions. These two food processors offer a wide range of deli meats, snack foods, marinades, dressing, dips and convenience foods. In just the past few years, OSI Food Solutions has been presented with a number of industry-related awards, including the Globe of Honor Award and the Global Visionary Award.