OSI Group is a privately owned American food supply company that supplies businesses in the retail and food service industries. OSI Group is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, and they are known particularly for their exceptional meat processing facilities. The OSI Group has gained a sterling reputation for providing quality products and custom solutions for their business partners.
In 2016, OSI expanded by acquiring the Dutch food company Baho foods, which specializes in ‘convenience’ foods such as deli meats and assorted snacks. The acquisition was part of a broader initiative to help OSI group, which is an American company, to expand their presence in Europe. Prior to the move, OSI had five subsidiary companies with manufacturing plants in Germany or the Netherlands, which serve a total of 18 different European countries.
The Baho acquisition came on the heels of OSI’s purchase of a former Tyson Foods manufacturing plant in June of 2017. The plant, which is located on the South Side of Chicago, was purchased for 7.4 million USD, is close to many of OSI’s other Chicago facilities, which was a factor in the decision to purchase the 200,000 square foot facility. Before the plant closed, Tyson used it to manufacture prepared foods for the hospitality industry, especially meats such as chicken and meatballs. This made the plant a natural fit for the OSI Group, which has built its reputation largely on the processing of quality meat products.
2016 also saw the UK division of OSI awarded the Globe of Honour by the British Safety Council in recognition of their excellent management of environmental risks. OSI was one of only 18 companies worldwide awarded a Globe of Honour, and companies had to have already earned a 5-star rating from the Safety Council’s environmental management audit scheme to be eligible for the award. The OSI Group has always prided itself on managing environmental risks and minimizing impact while manufacturing quality foods, so winning one of the 18 Globe of Honour awards provided a meaningful recognition of the company’s efforts.
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With the current state of the environment, companies all over the world have joined hands to promote sustainability through investing in the environmentally friendly business. The OSI Group is one of the key players in this movement and has been in the food industry for over 10 decades. Before changing its name in 2004, the OSI Group was known as the OSI Industries. It was formed by Otto Kolschowsky. It has continually grown since been chosen as the supplier for hamburgers for McDonald’s in 1955. It has expanded its services to different locations including Poland, Spain, Philippines, Germany, Brazil, Austria and Mexico among others. The OSI Group produces safe food while practicing sustainability as a dedicated member of the green movement.
OSI Group has managed to expand its business through different acquisitions to meet the growing demands. Good examples of the expansion include the acquisition in Australia that led to them entering into the beef industry in that market and the acquisition of a poultry company in the United States. The Group of companies is focused on processing and selling food products and proteins which have value added to them to both retail and wholesale brands. Some of the products the OSI Group offers include pizza, beef and chicken products, different kinds of fresh, smoked and frozen products. It has its headquarters at Aurora in Illinois. In Chicago, they have a warehouse to store their product and a processing facility for their food. This facility is among the acquisitions they have made so far to accommodate their expansion.
Baho Foods has been one outstanding acquisition they made. With the felt presence of the OSI Group in Europe, the acquisition of this company gave them a wider reach in the market. There has been an increase in production of quick snacks and pre-cooked meat through Baho Food. The CEO of the OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin, joined the company over 40 years ago. He has had a big role in ensuring the growth pattern of this company is inclining towards greater heights. He has used his investment skills to push for success. All the acquisitions and joint partnerships have been strategically thought of and planned for while advocating for green innovations.
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