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OSI Group Has Grown Into One Of The Largest Private Food Companies In The World

OSI Group has been around for over a century, and its success has been based on a model of rapid expansion since the beginning. It was a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky who started the company, and his company was originally a butcher shop and meat market that served Chicago residents. It was during the year of 1909 that Otto began to serve the west side of Chicago, and it wasn’t long before he became a wholesaler along with the other services he provided. When his sons joined up with the business, he changed its name to Otto & Sons. The business thrived for years under this name, and by the 1950’s, the company began to supply McDonald’s, which was a small family business at the time.

It wasn’t long before McDonald’s blew up and became more and more popular, and OSI Group, still known as Otto & Sons grew with it. Due to technological developments, it became easier to produce and transport the food products that McDonald’s needed, and it also became much cheaper. Eventually, Otto & Sons decided to build a plant that would operate for one purpose, and that purpose was to supply McDonald’s. During the 1970’s, Sheldon Lavin joined forces with the company, and Otto & Sons re-branded to become OSI Group.

Sheldon Lavin, along with OSI Group as a whole, decided to make a some large moves to expand the operations of the company overseas as well as in America. This included a spread of new facilities that were built in multiple countries, and it also included a new plant in Utah. The company also began to focus on providing a lot more than beef, and it began to expand its poultry offerings. Part of this expansion saw the company purchasing the British Company, Moy Park, and it also purchased Amick Farms in the process. Near the end of the 20th century, the company also expanded into Australia and India.

In the 21st century, OSI Group has become one of the largest food companies in the world. Forbes has it listed at the #58 spot for the largest private companies in the United States, and it is valued at $6.1 billion. The company now does plenty to maintain its sustainable business model and also works with the local communities it serves to have a positive impact on the environment. As the company continues its growth, there is no doubt that it will remain on top for years to come.

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