There are hundreds of different companies out there that are in the food processing business and provide food products to people around the world. This is a necessary industry as anyone can imagine, but some organizations are much further along than others. OSI Group is one of the largest food suppliers in the world today with a large focus on meats. Burgers are specifically what allowed OSI Group to become one of the largest players in the market because of their contract with McDonald’s. OSI was first founded back in 1909 by an immigrant from Germany and at the time he was comfortable with a small meat shop. Fast forward 50 years and OSI is going into business with one of the fastest growing restaurant chains in the United States, McDonald’s.
As McDonald’s began to grow after the 1950s, the demand on OSI Group became higher every single year, with them providing more dedicated factories to their biggest client. As technology continued to improve and OSI found new ways to freeze their meats, they were able to deliver their products on a much larger scale. Rather than being limited to the United States or companies within the area of a distribution center, flash freezing made it possible for OSI to transport their meats to anywhere in the country or even the world. As operations continued to grow into the 60s’ and 70s’, OSI started their expansion internationally and opened up new food processing centers to facilitate their expansion.
Today, OSI Group has more than twenty thousand employees at the company working to provide the highest quality meat and other food products to millions of clients around the world. OSI has operations in more than 15 different countries worldwide, which house roughly 70 different OSI facilities for food processing and distribution. Sheldon Lavin is the current CEO of OSI, an exceptional leader that has been working with the firm for more than 40 years. Sheldon even worked with the original owners before their retirement and renamed the company from Otto & Sons to OSI Group.