Food Culture Analysis: OSI Group

OSI group is an American made food empire that has a storied history and involvement in shaping the food services landscape that we have come to know in The United States. In fact, the formation of OSI itself is a prime example of the American dream in action. OSI Group was created in 1909 by a German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky in Oak park, Illinois. Eventually, he would turn the business into a wholesale distributor with a focus on quality meat. In 1955 a little company that we all know by the name of McDonald’s, opened its first store in Des Plaines, and chose Otto & Sons (The Company’s Name in the early ~ Mid 1900s) as it’s supplier of fresh ground beef patties. Soon this relationship would form the majority of the company’s income. But this would be far from the peak of this company’s success.

Still riding the momentum from their earlier successes, OSI Group set their sights on increasing their power base as well as their operational fortitude in Europe. This eventually led to acquiring a controlling stake in Baho foods, a dutch manufacturer of convenience foods. They also expanded on their operations in Spain and added a high capacity production line. The investment costed OSI approximately 17 million euros, but has doubled their production output from 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons annually. With that addition to their other production facilities, OSI have now pushed their production capacity to 45,000 tons of beef, pork, and chicken. In addition to the raw output that this acquisition brought to the table, the company also found itself with a network of suppliers who shared the same passion for high quality production practices as the company, which bolstered their strength as well as quality practices.

OSI Group’s influence on the market from both a commercial and cultural aspect is it be noted. Many companies that Americans interact with daily source their high quality meat from this international giant. Brands such as Subway, Starbucks, Papa John’s and Pizza hut depend on the network of goods and food services that OSI Group has built and cultivated over the past century to ensure consumer satisfaction. This company has also received numerous awards over the years for management of health and safety risks as well as their stellar environmental management. If OSI’s past is to taken as an indicator of the direction they are moving in, then they will continue to impact food culture on a global scale, and their future ventures will be exciting to watch unfold.

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