OSI Food Solutions was founded in 1909 in Chicago by a German immigrant who came to the United States seeking his fortune. His name was Otto Kolschowsky, and he eventually partnered with his sons who helped him grow and expand his business. In the 1970s, the family decided to bring in Sheldon Lavin, who eventually became the CEO of the company. From the time he started with OSI, it was his mission to expand the company within the United States and overseas. This expansion continues today as OSI looks to grow its operations in Europe.
In 2016, OSI Food Solutions acquired Flagship Europe, which is a company from the United Kingdom that provides its customers with pies, sous vide products, sauces, mayonnaise, frozen poultry and more. The president of OSI, David McDonald, was interviewed after the acquisition and commented that Flagship Europe will make a great addition to OSI’s offerings in Europe. He admitted that it will also help to expand its presence on the continent and that it will open the door to new markets. The chief executive of Flagship Europe, Russell Maddock, also commented that the deal will be groundbreaking for his company and that he looks forward to the resources that OSI can offer.
In 2017, OSI Food Solutions decided to make some important updates to its Toledo, Spain facility by adding a high capacity production line. It costed the company €17 million and now allows the plant to process 24,000 tons of chicken products on an annual basis, versus the 12,000 tons it was able to process before. The facility also required new employees, and OSI Food Solutions hired on 20 new workers, which will add to the local economy. The upgrades were a response to a growing demand for chicken products in the region as well as Portugal.
On top of adding the high capacity production line to the facility in Spain, OSI Food Solutions also added a social area for its workers, a test kitchen where new products can be developed, new shipping and receiving areas, and storage for supplies at the facility. New equipment added during the upgrades has also reduced the facility’s electricity consumption by 20%.