OSI Food Solutions is a privately-owned holding company for meat processing in Aurora, Illinois that has been around since the early 1900’s. Their services are available to retail and food service industries. The company began with a one family meat market, then expanded several years later to wholesale meat trade and relocated to Maywood, Illinois. In 1928 the company name changed to Otto & Sons. Then in 1955 McDonalds opened its first location and chose Otto & Sons as their supplier. By 1973 their first high-volume meat plant was established in West Chicago.
Jump forward to 2011, the company was listed as America’s 136th largest private company with a $3 billion revenue. Then in 2016 Forbes listed OSI in 58th place of largest private companies, coming in at $6.1 Billion in revenue. Also, in 2016 OSI purchased a Dutch food company called Baho Foods in Europe, which provides valuable processing plants in Germany and the Netherlands. As business continues to increase OSI plans to double its chicken production capacity in Spain as the volume of demand for production has doubled. This is also going to increase the amount of jobs available in the area. With the plants in Spain OSI has been able to implement energy efficient equipment, reducing their energy consumption by a fifth of what was previously being used.
In the UK there is a food service supplier, Flagship Europe, who OSI has announced they will be purchasing for an unknown amount. By acquiring Flagship Europe, this will give OSI a larger presence in Europe. Flagship Europe specialized in the distribution of frozen poultry and sous vide items, but also pies, sauces, and dressings. Plus, Flagship Europe recently acquired Calder Foods, so now they are also able to supply sandwich fillings, marinades, sauces, mayonnaise, and dips for the food-to-go segment. With this, everyone is going to benefit as marketplace strength will increase, proposition will increase, new customers and global markets, and customers will be able to be served better.
Now OSI currently sits at having over sixty facilities in sixteen different countries. In the UK the company was presented with the prestigious Globe of Honour Award from the British Safety Council in 2016. They were presented with the award for showing exemplary management of environmental risks. ISO was only one of eighteen organizations worldwide that was presented with this award. ISO is making all the right steps towards a better future!