OSI Group: Unique approach to global growth

OSI Group is a global foodservice brand with presence in over seventeen countries besides the United States. With its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois, the privately owned company is among the most prominent private entities in the United States of America. It mainly deals with the supply of meat products such as beef patties, chicken nuggets hot dogs, and sausages among others. The company employs over twenty thousand people across sixty-five facilities in different parts of the world. The population of its workforce and number of units has been increasing in the recent past through the purchase of other companies in the foodservice sector. OSI Group’s employment policy emphasizes on equal opportunities regardless of the different backgrounds or gender. The workforce consists of professionals who identify with the company’s vision.

The history of the company and its growth dates back to the early 20th century. A German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky, established a meat market in Oak Place, Illinois around 1909. By 1917, the enterprise had expanded into a wholesale meat trade and relocated to Maywood, Chicago. It grew into a reputable entity dealing in quality meats known as Otto & Sons. His sons later ran the business and entered into a deal to supply meat to local McDonald’s restaurants. It also attracted other consumers in the United States necessitating the increase in production. The business has established processing plants in West Chicago, Oakland, Iowa, and Utah among other areas.

As highlighted above, the company has stamped its presence through the purchase of food manufacturing entities. Among the recent acquisitions is Baho Food, which specializes in foods, deli meats, and snacks. Baho serves over eighteen European countries through its five companies. It has boosted OSI presence in Europe.

One unique aspect of these acquisitions is the retaining of local management teams. It allows the company to provide customized services that take cognizance of local markets, cultures, and tastes. The success of OSI Group has also been attributed to steady and innovative leadership. The Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, Mike Robinson, said that leadership is a crucial element in achieving excellence. He made these remarks when presenting the Globe of Honour Award for 2016, to OSI Food Solutions UK. Through the award, the British Safety Council recognizes organizations that show exemplary management of environmental risks. Among its other honors include being ranked among the top forty of Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies.

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