OSI Group Taking Over The Food Industry By Storm Through Innovative Leadership

At the heart of the food industry, lies a company whose name is worth a thousand mentions thanks to the enormous strides it has made in the said sector. Currently, a global conglomerate with 65 branches in seventeen countries and approximately 20,000 staff, OSI Group is the perfect example of a grass to grace story, and its current success explains best, the impacts of good leadership and management.OSI Group was established about a century ago by a mere immigrant known as Otto Kolschowsky in Illinois, Chicago. It began as a small retail meat market serving the German immigrant community in Chicago but thanks to his innovative skills and a grand vision, within two years, Otto had managed to expand its scope and turned it into a wholesale meat business. This was followed by a series of changes and was even rebranded to Otto & Sons after his sons joined in the family business.

OSI Group success went at full throttle after going into a partnership with McDonald’s as its primary supplier for fresh meat. Since then OSI Group in conjunction with one of the most recognized global brands have gone on to make massive strides in the food industry with OSI opening a separate branch in a bid to keep up with the escalating demand of McDonald’s meat requirements. This turned it into one of McDonald’s leading meat suppliers and a stable supplier to other A-list companies in the food industry such as Burger King, Starbucks, Subway, Yum and many others.Besides great leadership, OSI’s ability to keep up with the dynamic food industry has been made possible by its ability to embrace changes and keep up with technology. For instance, the company utilizes flash freezing, a form of technology which enables it to not only serve its consumer base diligently but also helps in cutting down the extra costs caused by traditional frost.

Today OSI dominates the global food arena and even ranks 58 on the Forbes list of the leading private companies and has branches in countries like Brazil, Poland, and Mexico just to mention a few. It continues to make massive strides through the acquisition of property in different countries and entering into partnerships with major players in the same sector. For instance, its recent procurement of Baho foods has enabled it to expand its horizons to Germany while its acquisition of Tyson foods has helped it to increase its production capacity thereby meeting and surpassing the expectation of its clients. All these milestones can be attributed to its ability to identify market gaps, incredible customer relations, embracing technology and on top of it all great leadership. Unlike most companies in the food industry, OSI’s walk to glory is unique in that the company’s management minds the wellbeing of others and that of Mother Nature a factor that has seen it bag a long string of awards and honors such as 2016’s globe of honor, the California green business award, and many others.

The Emergence of OSI Industries

OSI Industries is currently one of the biggest food producers in the whole world. It has more than 20,000 employees in their 65 stores located in 17 countries. OSI Industries emerged as a small business to a big corporate business in the country. The history of the global food provider is engrained in the United States immigrant experience. In the 20th century, Otto Kolshcowsky was a member of the German immigrant community living in Chicago, Illinois State. Immigrants of the German origin made a quarter of the population of Chicago city. During this time, Chicago was an industrial center and also an entry point for immigrants moving into the city to cultivate lands.

In 1909, Otto Kolschcowsky established a meat retail store and a butcher shop to cater for the needs of his community. He managed his business very well and within a period of ten years his business had developed into a wholesale business. It expended its business to Maywood, Chicago. In the next one decade, the business emerged as a family business owned by immigrants. In 1928, the business was rebranded and named Otto & Sons. Otto & Sons became stable and continued to properly serve its customers.

During the postwar economic expansion period, a significant business alliance was formed with two tiny family businesses. In 1995, Ray Kroc established the very first McDonald’s hotel in Des Plaines. Prior to opening the official McDonalds, he made a handshake agreement with Arthur and Harry, the sons of Otto Kolschcowsky to open the first franchise supply of fresh ground beef. Later on, Kroc acquired McDonalds and made himself the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the business. In the new business the sons of Otto became the official suppliers of the McDonald restaurants in the region. The family business was thriving and developing into one of the best brands in the world.

In the next twenty years, Otto & Sons, a regional supplier transformed into a global corporation and was named OSI Industries. The main aim of the franchising business was supplying. The main products of the McDonalds were the hamburgers. An increase in demand pressured Otto & Sons as well as other suppliers to produce quality and affordable products that could be ferried to the various restaurants owned by McDonalds. In the late 1960s, technological advancements made the Otto & Sons task easier. Otto & Sons developed into two-track company. The company changed its name to OSI Industries in 1975 and continued with its supply of food products to customers all over the world.