Following a century of innovations, the OSI Group McDonalds today runs as one of the largest companies providing food solutions globally. OSI started operating as a family-owned butcher shop (Otto & Sons) serving the Chicago neighborhoods. With about 65 facilities spread across 17 different countries, OSI’s growth presents a significant part of economic history in America and is still evolving into globalization.
One of the significant milestones in OSI’s growth journey was its agreement with McDonald’s to supply fresh ground beef to their first franchise. As McDonald’s continued to grow, OSI did improve as well. It became the primary supplier of the growing number of McDonald’s restaurant in various regions. It was a crucial development for the company.
In its efforts to develop into a global corporation, OSI Group McDonalds heavily relied on a series of technological innovations in enhancing its operations. The cutting-edge technology significantly strengthened its business relationship with McDonald’s in meeting its demand for consistent, affordable, and consumer-driven products. The reliable process of freezing food using liquid nitrogen helped OSI tap new product expansion opportunities in the market.
The entry of Sheldon Lavin as a partner to the company and later its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer speeded up the transition process at OSI. He served a very significant role in its capitalization efforts. Through his vast experience in investments and the banking sector, Lavin continues to help OSI develop across international borders. According to the Forbes 2016 list consisting of the largest private companies in the U.S, OSI Group McDonalds emerged as position 58 with 6.1 billion dollars in sales.
Additionally, the growth of the firm into a premier food provider in the globe is as a result of successful expansion efforts, joint venture, and several acquisitions. Its joint operations with the Taiwan-based K&K Foods emerges as its initial expansion efforts. It has also expanded its European market by acquiring a considerable share of Baho Foods. Another significant step is the acquisition of the Creative Foods Europe which helps it serve the growing demand of its products in U.K. Nonetheless, OSI purchased the Tyson Foods processing plant in Chicago in support of its continued growth and product diversification process.
OSI Group McDonalds operations seek to preserve the environment and ensure sustainability. Due to its great concern for the environment, OSI received the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honor Award in 2016.