The OSI Group: A Global Food Service Industry Leader

The OSI Group is a food services company based in Aurora, Illinois. The company was founded in 1909 as a Chicago-area neighborhood meat market. It quickly developed a reputation for offering the highest quality cuts of meat. The company was soon providing meat for restaurants and supermarkets throughout the Chicago area. In the 1950s, the meat market began providing ground beef for the growing McDonald’s franchise after making a handshake agreement with McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. Today, the OSI Group continues to expand and is now a world leader in the food industry known for providing quality products as well as custom solutions for food services companies worldwide.

In addition to its growth domestically, the OSI Group has production facilities throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The company is known for its ability to produce food products specifically designed to meet the unique tastes of consumers from a wide range of cultures. Part of the secret to the OSI Group’s success has been to hire management teams with intimate knowledge of the desires and demands of each new market they enter. The company then continues its tradition of delivering some of the highest quality food products in that market.

Another method the OSI Group uses to successfully expand into new markets is to buy local companies with a track record for delivering quality products and services. An example of that is the company’s purchase of Flagship Europe and Baho Foods. Together those companies have customers in over two dozen European countries. Taking over these companies has enabled the OSI Group to gain a solid foothold in the European market as part of its global expansion plans. The combination of the excellent products offered by Flagship Europe, Baho Foods and the OSI Group has provided the company with a growing share of the European market.

The OSI Group has also made major inroads into the Asian market. The company has facilities and a growing client base in India, Japan, Southeast Asia and China. Over the past 20 years the OSI Group, under the leadership of CEO Sheldon Lavin, has developed a major presence in China. The company provides meat, vegetable and dough products to McDonald’s, Papa John’s Pizza, Subway, Starbucks and other Western fast food companies doing business in China. The OSI Group also has the largest poultry processing facility in the country. And its presence continues to grow annually.

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