OSI Food solutions was founded in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant. After staying for about two years in the United States, he opened a butchery in his local town, which he later moved to Maywood, near Chicago. The business grew and was named Otto & Sons in 1928. The company was selected by Ray Kroc of McDonald’s to supply meat in the 1950s. Otto & Sons adapted the liquid nitrogen cryogenic freezing, which came in handy during food production, transportation and storage of the food.
In 1973, Otto & Sons opened a meat processing plant that processed a high volume of products. By 1975, it acquired the name OSI Industries. OSI Food Solutions partnered with General Million Corporation and Alaska Milk Corporation in 1990 to come up with GenOSI, which processed and distributed food within the Philippines. OSI grew to establish facilities in different parts of the world. For instance, the company established Vista Processed Food in 1995, OSI China was opened in Beijing in 2002, and the Culinary Innovation Center in Aurora, Illinois was opened in 2011. OSI Food Solutions has more than 20,000 employees in over 65 facilities, which they have established in 17 countries.
In June 2016, the company bought former Tyson Food Plants in Chicago for $7.4 million. The additional infrastructure was necessary for its gradual growth. Tyson Food Plants indicated it had limited ability to meet the changing food demands. In April 2019, the corporation also acquired Rose Packing Corporation, which was established in 1924. Rose Packing operates a production facility in Chicago, which produces pork products for retail industries. It has over 700 employees who are now working under the leadership of OSI Food Solutions.
Currently, the company produces various products including frozen entrees, meat patties, fish products, hot dogs, sausages, chicken items and vegetable dishes such as fresh salsa and prepared beans. The company processes products according to customer specifications. It is this approach that has given OSI Food Solutions a global positioning that cannot be matched by other companies.
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