OSI Group is one of the largest food processing companies in the world. The company began back in 1909 when German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky open a family oriented meat market in Illinois shortly after arriving in the United States. His shop was initially located in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago, but relocated to Maywood in 1917 when he expanded his service into the wholesale meat market. In 1928, another change occurred by renaming the business Otto & Sons. With hard work, attention to detail and customer service one of the top goals, the company established an impeccable reputation for offering high quality meats.
The company received a huge boost when McDonald’s Hamburgers, a fledgling company back in 1955 chose Otto &Sons to supply the company with fresh ground beef patties. Ray Kroc, the founder and CEO of McDonalds and the sons of Otto Kolschowsky struck a deal and sealed it with a handshake and it was not long before supplying beef to McDonald’s became Otto & Sons main business.
In the late 1960’s, cryogenic food processing came into the food processing business and revolutionized the fast food industry. The cryogenic process is a method that is used to preserve fresh food through liquid nitrogen freezing. This new method gave McDonald’s hamburgers a better advantage when it came to choosing food suppliers. They could get a high volume of products from a few suppliers rather than depend on more than a hundred lower volume suppliers. Otto & Sons was chosen as one of four ground beef suppliers for McDonald hamburgers.
In 1975, after experiencing a great deal of growth, Otto & Sons changed its name once again to OSI Industries. In 1999 OSI agreed to a licensing deal with Best Chicago Meat, CO., LLC to use the Glenmark food brand that Otto & Sons established in the early 1970’s.
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