OSI Group is a food service company located in Chicago, Illinois. The company is the leading supplier of various meat and poultry products to various restaurants and food retailers. This company has a very long history of making a positive impact on the food service and retail sectors for over a century. OSI started out as a very small business that would eventually expand into a large major corporation. Today, OSI has processing locations and facilities in 17 countries. It also has 20,000 employees who help operate its 65 worldwide locations. Over the course of its history, OSI Group has emphasized innovation and environmental sustainability. With its success and impact on the food service industry, OSI has also won a number of awards in recognition for its product quality and service.

During the early part of the 20th century, an immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky founded a local meat distribution and butcher shop business. In the first decade, the business was a very successful entity. During the next decade, the business would continue to establish itself as a top local business. With its reputation as one of the top local food businesses, Otto & Sons would then look to expand. Its first expansion was in other parts of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Otto & Sons grew into a top food distributing company right before World War 2. After World War 2, the company would then make a deal that would make a significant impact on the entire food industry.

At the beginning of the 1950’s OSI Group looked to capitalize on the latest trend of restaurant startups. McDonalds was one of the first major restaurant chains to open up and distribute food products to consumers. Since it was looking to sell hamburgers to consumers, it needed a dependable supplier of beef products. Otto & Sons would offer to become the main supplier of beef to McDonalds. After an agreement was made, McDonalds emerged as the top fast food restaurant in the United States. At the same time, Otto & Sons established itself as the top food supplier for restaurants.

Over the next few decades, OSI Group would continue to expand and innovate in the food service and retail industry. The company would continue growing by offering a variety of other products such as pork and poultry to restaurants and food retailers. It would also continue to ensure that its products were sanitary and environmentally friendly. This led to the company winning awards for providing food products that satisfy food industry standards. OSI Group would expand to other parts of the world which included Europe, China, India and Australia.

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