The OSI Group is a global leader in supplying custom food products. Founded in Oak Park, Illinois in 1909 by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky as a family meat market, the company now has 80 facilities in 17 countries and employs over 100,000 people. From its very beginning the OSI Group was known for delivering the finest meats. Today the company continues to be known for its high-quality meat, vegetable and dough products. The OSI Group also provides meat to Starbucks, Subway, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza and other western fast food franchises doing business in China.
Sheldon Lavin is the current CEO of the OSI Group. He’s been with the company for over 30 years. Under Lavin’s leadership OSI Group has over $6 billion in annual revenue and according to Forbes, it’s America’s 58th largest private company. From the company’s headquarters in Aurora, Illinois, Lavin overseas an organization with customers worldwide and facilities in the Asia-Pacific region, North America and Western and Eastern Europe. The company provides custom value-added food products for some of the world’s leading retail food brands and top foodservice companies.
A major impetus behind the growth of the OSI Group was when in 1955 they agreed to supply meat patties for a start-up with grand aspirations called McDonald’s. The company had just opened its first store in Des Plaines, Illinois. For decades supplying meat for the growing McDonald’s franchises became the primary income stream of the OSI Group. Gradually the company began producing and packing meat products for supermarkets, private labels and restaurants throughout the U.S. and worldwide. And it continues to grow.
The OSI Group recently acquired Flagship Europe. Flagship Europe supplies frozen poultry, Oliver James pies, sauces, dressing and mayonnaise as well as other foodservice products and sous vide equipment throughout the United Kingdom. Flagship Europe had extended its footprint in the food-to-go sector by acquiring Calder Foods, a company that supplies dips, marinades, mayonnaise, sauces and sandwich fillings. In June 2016, the OSI Group purchased a 200,000 square foot facility in Chicago near their existing facilities that had been a Tyson Foods plant.
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