OSI is a privately held food processing company operating 60 facilities in 17 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia. It was founded in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky at Oak Park as a family meat market. As at 2016, its employees were 20,000 being led by Sheldon Lavin as the company’s CEO. It manufactures and supplies value-added proteins like sausages, fish, and bacon, chicken and beef patties to retailers and food service industries.
With its headquarters in Aurora Illinois, it has spread its wings and is currently among the top food processing companies globally. It has received awards for safety risks, management and environmental sustainability and management.
Currently, it is expanding its operations in China, and two new facilities are being put up on top of the eight that are currently in operation. OSI Group has worked in China for over 20 years, growing and expanding equally with the dynamic Chinese economy. In September 2015, it announced its two major projects which involved the plant in Henan province and the creation of DAOSI. DAOSI entailed an agreement between OSI Group and DOYOO Group in Zhoukou. It has supplied several food chains in China like Papa John’s Pizza, Subway, Starbucks and Pizza Hut. Its target in China is to be the leading chicken and poultry products supplier in the market.
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Last year it announced the launch of seven production plants all over the world. In Geneva, there was a new facility that produces private- labeled and branded frozen foods. The facility was attached to Millard, a company that repairs and distributes refrigeration services. In Balbona, it managed to add production line with a higher capacity as well as an increase in its cold room storage area. It made OSI Group to record an annual increment in its chicken production by 22,000 tons.
For safety measures, it has managed to acquire machines with X-rays for detection of foreign materials during food processing. It has been at the forefront in monitoring the plant growth and evaluation of agricultural supplies. It enables the company to ensure the plants are fresh and are grown under the required conditions. According to McDonald OSI Group’s president, the company also interacts with its customers and ensures that client’s recommendations are put into practice to make production company better.
OSI Group’s Recent Merger Acquisition
In August 2016, OSI announced the acquisition of a private Dutch company that produces meat products known as Baho Food. OSI sells its products to more than 18 countries in Europe. It has got five daughter companies known as Gelderland Frischwaren, Vital Convenience, Bakx Foods, Q Smart Life and Henri van de Bilt. Its plants are located in Germany and Netherlands. The merger acquisition will put OSI Group in a better business position in Europe as well as enable it to meet the changing customer demands. The managing director of Baho is hopeful and believes this will help them achieve their goals of delivering satisfactory products to their clients.