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The OSI Group: A Premier Global Food Supplier

Over a century of American history is found in the OSI Group. Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant, founded a butcher shop and small meat market during 1909 in the Chicago, Illinois area. Otto & Sons was a name given to the company which reflected the family owned businesses which were developed in Chicago during that era. The company had achieved success which was similar to that of other family owned businesses in the Chicago area for several years.

The relationship Otto & Sons developed with the restaurant McDonald’s transformed the company. Kolschowsky’s sons entered a business arrangement with Ray Kroch, a representative of the company McDonald’s, which was founded in 1940 by Richard and Maurice McDonald. The restaurant was creating a franchise and Otto & Sons agreed to become the initial supplier of ground beef for a newly developed McDonald’s franchise.

McDonald’s success and growth created opportunities for Otto & Sons. The most important role of Otto & Sons was to supply the McDonald’s franchise. The company developed into a worldwide organization known as the OSI Group over the next 20 years. The company worked to satisfy the McDonald’s corporation requirement for producing a reliable and economical product for each restaurant.

During the late 1990s, the OSI Group worked to enter the poultry market. The company purchased Moy Park, a company which is based in the United Kingdom in 1996. Additional acquisitions include the purchase of Amick Farms, located in United States. Amick Farms was established in 1941. Amick Farms is a company that is involved in all aspects of poultry production process which ends when the customer receives the product.

The OSI Group is recognized by corporations around the globe as a giant in the food supply industry. Currently, the corporation is a leader among the private companies based in the United States. Forbes ranked the corporation the 58th largest company in the United States. In addition to supplying food to McDonald’s, the client base has expanded to include other global corporations such as Burger King, Starbucks, and Papa John’s.

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