Founded as a tiny meat market outside Chicago, today OSI Food Solutions is a global operation which facilities around the world. They supply high-quality customized solutions to their many customers in the food and retail industries. This company was established in 1909 and for many years was known as Otto & Sons. In 1955, McDonald’s opened its first location in Des Plaines, Illinois, and chose them as their official supplier of fresh ground beef.
In 1973, OSI Food Solutions built its first meat plant that could produce a high amount of processed meat. This plant could shape the ground beef into patties and then freeze them using liquid nitrogen. This reduced the labor in McDonald’s restaurant and meant they could ship meat much further. They still supply McDonald’s franchise around the world along with their other fast service and retail partners.
OSI Food Solutions has created many partnerships over the years. They have launched joint ventures around the world such as in the Philippines where they founded GenOSI with two other companies. They also operate Vista Processed Foods in India which was founded in 1995.
They also acquire other companies in the industry. The most recent acquisition is another Illinois food processing firm, Rose Packing Co. Inc. This company creates several pork-based products such as meatballs and ethnic sausages. Rose Packing is also a company that has been around for decades having been founded in 1924.
Rose Packing employs over 700 people. An OSI Food Solutions spokesman stated that these employees and the management team would stay in place once the acquisition was completed. Each of these companies produces complimentary products and have similar cultures.
OSI Food Solutions also expands by purchasing other companies facilities. An example of this occurred in June 2016 when they bought a food production plant that Tyson Foods was shutting down in Chicago. This 200,000 square foot production plant was purchased for an undisclosed amount. It helped them meet their customer’s needs and gave them a greater capacity for growth. Click here to learn more