OSI Food Solutions is one of the largest companies in the U.S., though many may not have ever heard of them before. Whether you have or haven’t heard the name before, you’ve doubtlessly eaten an OSI product: They supply meat and produce to many major food companies and brands, supplying processed food products to a variety of companies around the world. OSI Food Solutions was the original supplier of hamburger patties for McDonald’s when it began expanding as a franchise business in the 19050’s and have been steadily growing ever since. Founded by a German immigrant in 1909, OSI Food Solutions began as a family-run, neighborhood business in a Chicago suburb.
Still based in Maywood, Illinois, the company once known as Otto & Sons has undergone several stages of evolution as it has grown to become OSI Food Solutions. A great American success story, OSI charts its growth from a turn-of-the-century local meat market to a major company operating 65 plans in 17 countries. Opening its first self owned and operated processing plants in the 1970’s, OSI Food Solutions has grown internationally. With branches in markets like China, the Philippines and Europe, OSI’s growth has been steady. Hiring local management and using local food producers has helped OSI operate in so many different markets successfully, employing unique strategies in each region to ensure success.
Maintaining a reputation for food safety has helped grow the OSI brand. The company has won awards and recognition in several countries for its safety practices and this reputation has allowed them to gain direct clients over the years. In addition to still being a major supplier for McDonald’s, OSI also supplies companies like Subway, Pizza hut and Starbucks. They have grown to supply various produce as well as meats. OSI partners with many charitable groups to help provide nutritional food assistance for those who do not have access to in both domestically and abroad. Partnerships include the Feed America campaign and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. It also works with local groups in other markets to provide the same charitable offerings to all their customers.