OSI Group is one of the world’s biggest providers of food. It has 65 facilities and operates in 17 countries. Their 20,000 employees are working to feed people all over the planet. In fact, the company is still growing to this day.
Made by Immigrants
OSI Group, which began as a family owned business, was also founded by immigrants. In the early 1900s, under the leadership of Otto Kolschowsky, Otto & Sons was birthed. Chicago, which was a hot spot for German immigrants, was the first location to benefit from OSI Group, which at the time was known as Otto & Sons and was a meat butchery.
Arch of Success
Otto & Sons became truly successful with a single partnership. A new restaurant needed a food provider, and Otto & Sons became that provider. It just so happened that this restaurant would blossom into the most popular fast food chain in existence. Otto & Sons partnered with McDonald’s. The first McDonald’s restaurant opened in 1995 in Des Plaines, Illinois. Otto & Sons began to supply McDonald’s with their ground beef.
As McDonald’s grew in popularity, opened more restaurants, and crossed boarders, Otto & Sons grew as well. Thanks to this partnership Otto & Sons was able to grow into what it is today.
Change and Innovation
The change from local supplier to international food supply giant didn’t happen over night. In fact, the process took well over two decades, after the deal with McDonald’s was already in place.
Otto & Sons was being pressured by McDonald’s to create a patty that could survive long transport and taste the same no matter how far it traveled. It wasn’t until the late 1960s when technology was created to make this possible. Otto & Sons began to flash freeze their products, ensuring that it could get to any destination tasting the same everywhere.
Otto & Sons eventually changed their name to OSI Group, and in 2016, they were featured on Forbes’ list of largest privately held companies, coming in at rank number 58.