Begun is 1909 as Otto & Sons, OSI Food Solutions is the world’s largest food processing and production company. From its beginnings as a neighborhood butcher shop and meat supplier, they have grown in tandem with and beyond the success of OSI’s primary customer, McDonald’s.
Otto Kolschowsky was a German immigrant to the Chicago area. After being in the country for two years, he founded Otto & Sons with his boys. They were locally known for the quality of their products and service, and soon began to ship to restaurants out of state. The early precursor to the McDonald’s franchises was one such customer. As the franchise model took a hold of McDonald’s, Otto & Sons continued to supply the growing giant. By the time McDonald’s was a household name, Otto & Sons had become OSI Food Solutions. As McDonald’s continued its rampant growth throughout the U.S. and abroad, OSI Food Solutions has grown with them as a trusted partner and supplier of their products.
OSI Food Solutions has an international business presence, with 65 plants in 17 countries employing around 20,000 workers. They supply other major chains such as Pizza Hut and Subway in addition to McDonald’s, and are the world’s largest food supplier to restaurants. Forbes has them listed at their #58 largest business in 2016, with annual revenue of $6 billion.
Still based in the Chicago area, OSI Food Solutions has received many awards for quality and safety. They received the 2016 Globe of Honour from the British Safety Council, who also put them on the merit list in 2018 at the International Safety Awards. OSI has also been recognized for its work in environmental management and conservation.
OSI is present in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. They have, in the past several years, been engaged in a new expansion phase. They are buying new facilities and expanding some of their old ones, and have nearly doubled their domestic chicken production by acquiring a plant from Tyson Chicken in Chicago for $7.4 million in 2016. They also have bought or merged with several food companies in other countries, gaining an established foothold in this nation’s markets and expanding those local businesses with access to their global supply network.
Though primarily processing meat such as pork, chicken, beef and fish, OSI also supplies vegetables and dough to their clients. They have a huge market share in China.