OSI Industries has been a part of the innovation in food services for 100 years. They have become one of the biggest food providers on the globe. The company began with a German immigrant in Chicago, Illinois named Otto Kolschowsky. Two years after coming to the United States he opened a little butcher shop and meat market. His success led him to expand into the wholesale market. In 1928 the business was renamed Otto & Sons. The business remained successful and stable for several decades. The demand grew once the modern suburbs were built and a business alliance with McDonalds was formed.
The company became the main supplier for McDonalds. McDonalds main product was hamburgers and Otto & Sons offered an affordable and consistent supply. This became easier at the end of the 1960’s when flash freezing meats became possible. The first plant dedicated to McDonalds was built in 1973. The company began supplying the Midwest and was again rebranded as OSI Industries in 1975. The leadership of the company changed from a family business when Sheldon Lavin became a partner in OSI Industries in 1975. The manufacturing capabilities began to increase and a plant was opened in West Jordan, Utah. During the 1970’s and 1980’s more plants were established.
When McDonalds entered the international market, OSI Industries followed. This began in 1978 with Germany and in 1980 Spain followed. The company expanded to numerous countries in the 1980’s and 1990’s. A venture was established with K&K Foods in 1987 in Taiwan. Another venture was established with GenOSI in 1990 in the Philippines. The Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise was formed in 1992 in Beijing. In 1996 a plant opened in Shanghai. The venture in China was the beginning of exceptional international growth for the company. This was when the company started selling new clients such as Starbucks and Burger King.
The growth of OSI Industries in the United States expanded with a partnership in 1994 with Nation Pizza and Foods. In 1986 a new Chicago OSI food processing plant opened and new lines were established. Moy Park was acquired in the United Kingdom in 1996 and Amick Farms in 2006. The WeiHai Poultry venture in China commenced in 2010 and was joined by SunOSI in 2011. The expansion continued in Australia and India. The most recent expansion efforts include Flagship Europe in the United Kingdom, a facility for beef production in Japan, OJC Foods in China, a poultry facility in Weihai.