OSI McDonalds is an American privately owned meat processor that services the retail food industry. It’s centrally situated in Aurora, Illinois and operates 65 facilities in 17 countries. The company was founded in 1909 by Mr. Otto Kolschowsky who had just emigrated from Germany and settled in Chicago. It all started as a small butcher shop that served the locals. In 1917, Kolschowksy expanded the business into Maywood, one of Chicago’s suburbs before involving his sons into the company. In 1928, Otto named the business Otto & Sons after introducing the two sons into the business. With time, Otto & Sons established a stellar reputation in the meat industry for providing quality food.
OSI Group McDonalds Expands its Horizons
In 1955, the first McDonald’s restaurant was established by Ray Kroc with Otto and his sons as the significant suppliers for beef patties. It also marked the onset of Cryogenic food processing for preserving fresh food via liquid nitrogen. Otto and Sons were appointed to serve as the main meat suppliers. A fifth supplier was added in the long run. In 1973, Otto opened the first high-volume meat processor in Chicago. Over the years, the OSI Group McDonalds has operated under different brand names with the latest being OSI Group. It has taken the meat industry by surprise especially with the many acquisitions.
Major Acquisitions in 2016
In 2016, OSI McDonalds purchased a food processing plant in managed by Tyson Foods. The processor encompasses 20,000 square feet. It is also conveniently situated near one of OSI’s plants. The purchase enabled the company to expand its operations thereby catering to more clients. Moreover, its customer’s needs are rapidly changing. The extra processing space makes it possible for the company to meet the needs. In the same year, OSI Group McDonalds continued its quest to increase the number of facilities by acquiring Baho Food, a manufacturer of deli meats, convenience foods, as well as snacks. The acquisition gave OSI Group McDonalds a visible presence in Europe. Baho Food operates five subsidiaries situated in Germany and the Netherlands. They have the capacity to process various types of meat-based proteins.