Over the past 110 years, OSI Food Solutions has become a really big company. It all started in 1909 when a German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky, opened his own business outside of Chicago. It was a meat market that sold its products to residents of a local town. Nowadays, it is an international firm that has facilities in 17 nations. Ott Koslschowsky operated his company as a meat market for several years. Over time he transitioned into being a meat wholesaler supplying other butcher shops. Once his sons got old enough they joined the company and he named it Otto & Sons. They operated under this name all the way until 1975.
1955 is the year that everything changed for Otto & Sons. Otto Kolchowsky’s two sons were friends with none other than Ray Kroc, the person that would start franchising McDonald’s. He needed fresh beef patties to serve people so, of course, he turned to his two friends in the meat industry to supply his store. They supplied the very first McDonald’s and then the next one and the next one after that. By 1973, McDonald’s was a national firm. They had hundreds of beef suppliers which was complicated. Advances in new freezing technology meant they could cut the number of suppliers down to just four, one of which was Otto & Sons.
They built a food processing facility dedicated just to McDonald’s and soon changed their name to OSI Food Solutions as the company started to grow internationally right behind McDonald’s. OSI Food Solutions now has facilities in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. They have 65 facilities producing protein products for many companies. Their customers are restaurants as well as grocery stores that need somebody to create their branded products. OSI Food Solutions grows in two ways. First, they organically grow their company through acquiring new customers and entering new markets. Second, they acquire other value added food suppliers. They have built a global food supply chain that is sustainable and offers value to their customers due to their volume and global reach.