The Growth of OSI Group from Local Meat Outlet to Global Leader in Food & Beverages Industry

OSI Group is a globally recognized supplier of custom food products that is headquartered in Aurora, IL. The company has been in the food and beverage sector for 99 years now. After operating and dominating the domestic market for about six decades, OSI went global in the mid-1970s. Since then, the company has expanded its customer base in Asian, Latin American, and European countries. Today, it’s the world’s number one retail food brand, particularly in beef and poultry products.

OSI’s History

Sheldon Lavin is the man behind the globalization of OSI Group. Having left the banking world in the early 1970s, he joined the then Otto & Sons Company as an employee. The company was at that time a simple meet butchery that supplied beef to clients within the greater Chicago area and was headed by Mr. Otto Kolschowsky. After Mr. Lavin joined, he managed to strike a lucrative business deal between Otto &Sons and McDonald’s. The deal gave the former the exclusive right to supply the latter with hamburgers. With time, McDonald’s grew, and consequently, Otto & Sons saw its supplies increase.

Mr. Otto Kolschowsky advanced age made him relinquish his duties at Otto & Sons and left it for his sons to run. At that point, Otto & Sons rebranded to OSI Group. The Otto brothers could not run the company by themselves, and in a bid to maintain its growth, they called out to Lavin to join them as a partner. The three worked together for some time before the Otto brothers dropped out and left the entire company under Lavin.

OSI Today

Now an old man, Mr. Lavin looks back and appreciates how far he has brought OSI Group from a domestic meet outlet to a global company. It is estimated that the company has a revenue range of over a billion dollars. Lavin serves as CEO while Mr. David McDonald, another investment and business management guru serves as the president. The duo has played a part in the company’s opening of other offices in the USA. Some of its offices are located in Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom, Oakland in the USA, Edmonton in Canada, and Warszawa in Poland among others

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