OSI Group is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. They supply custom order food products to some of the worlds largest retail brands and food service providers. Located in over 17 countries, OSI Group employs more than 20,000 people. OSI Group handles all aspects of food chain supply management, including global sourcing, processing, distribution and delivery.
Forbes 2016 list of largest privately held companies ranked OSI Group #58, with over six billion dollars in revenue. The company was founded in 1909 in Chicago as Otto & Sons. It started out as a meat market and butcher shop and remained relatively unchanged until 1955 McDonald’s chose the company to be their first supplier of fresh ground beef.
International expansion began in earnest in 1978 when they expanded into Germany. Over the next 20 years OSI aggressively expanded their reach across the globe, establishing plants in Spain, Brazil, Asia-Pacific, Austria, Philippines, Mexico, Poland and China. 2016 was a major year for OSI Group as they acquired major food supplier Flagship Europe UK. Flagship Europe is a highly respected food supplier distributing a wide range of product categories. With facilities throughout Europe, Flagship Europe was a perfect fit for OSI group as both companies have the same commitment to quality and innovation. Also acquired in 2016 was a controlling stake in Baho Food, a privately held Dutch company with facilities throughout Germany and the Netherlands.
OSI Group is proud not only of their consistent growth but of their commitment to sustainability. Their focus goes beyond just sustainable food supply but also to provide culturally sustainable business practices. Operating in so many diverse cultures across the globe presents cultural challenges but OSI Group is committed to remaining a positive influence to whomever they touch and in whichever community they operate.
They are particularly proud of some of the awards they have received over the years from the different nations in which they operate. In 2014 VP Dan Milovanovic received Meat & Poultry Magazines’s “Operations Executive of the Year”. 2015 saw one of their processing plants in Germany receive the “Prize of Honor for Food Products,” an award given for high product quality, environmental responsibility and dedication to the education of young people. And in 2016, CEO Sheldon Lavin received India’s Vision World Academy, “Global Visionary Award”. The award goes to individuals who, through persistence and perseverance, achieve their dreams and goals.
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