The success story of the OSI Group began a century ago. Otto Kolschowsky saw a business opportunity and took advantage of it. He founded a butcher shop and a meat market in the year 1909 and named it Otto and Sons. It was located in Chicago, USA. The current growth that is exhibited in OSI Group started in the year 1955 when Otto and Sons was chosen as the first supplier of Hamburger to McDonald’s. Over time, the company opened a branch that served McDonald’s only. During the 70’s, Sheldon Lavin came on board. It did not take long for him to be a third partner to the then Otto and Son. His contributions to this company cannot be understated. He aided the company to get to global heights.
In the year 1975, Otto and Sons changed its name to IOS Group. When one of the Otto brothers sold his shares, Sheldon became a half partner. Upon the retirement of the other Otto brother, Sheldon earned 100 percent of the voting rights. In the 1980s, OSI group started to expand. It opened branches in Germany, Austria, Spain as well as Brazil. At this moment also, the management saw it fit to open two more plants in the USA. The expansion did not stop there. In the 1990s, OSI Group opened branches in Poland, Mexico, Philippines, and China. The poultry operations to several continents began when we ushered the new millennium. A lot of acquisitions came with the Millennium among them in Australia where a beef company was bought.
The success of OSI Group includes some procurements. In the year 2014, the OSI Group began working with Pickstock in the United Kingdom. With this venture, OSI was able to expand its beef distribution in the larger Europe. Last year, OSI Group acquired Tyson a production firm located in Illinois Chicago for $7.4 million. The acquisition was as a result of its proximity to the main offices of OSI. It also came with an enough storage space. Baho Food is yet another company that was acquired in 2016. Before the acquisition, it used to produce and distribute a broad range of foods in Netherlands and Germany.