How OSI Group Met McDonald’s

In 1909, Otto Kolschowsky opened a little butcher shop and retail meat market in Oak Park, Chicago. As one of many German immigrants settling in Chicago, Kolschowsky wanted to serve his community. At the time, Chicago was a hub for immigrant influences, as many stopped off in Chicago before heading further west to establish farms.

Though OSI Group is a multinational food provider today; it all started with Kolschowsky’s little butcher shop. Today, OSI Group’s corporate headquarters are still in the Midwest. OSI Group’s history in the Midwest began after the First World War when Kolschowsky’s butchery expanded in the wholesale business.

Within ten years of arriving in the United States, Kolschowsky built a regional success. After World War I, Kolschowsky moved his operations to Maywood. To make his company more pronounceable for other Americans, like many family-based, immigrant businesses, he renamed his company.

Otto & Sons included his children, Arthur and Harry, who would take to the company to new heights. During the 50s, the sons met with Ray Kroc, a franchise agent from California. Kroc wanted to open a new kind of restaurant that built upon the traditional concept of a family restaurant.

Before opening his first chain restaurant, Kroc made a deal with the sons that they’d provide his business with fresh ground beef. The sons had no idea what they signed for but soon realized the potential Kroc’s restaurant would be. In 1955, the first McDonald’s opened its doors, and a legend was born.

Otto & Sons turned into OSI after the brothers became one of four suppliers providing McDonald’s restaurants with fresh beef. They invested in cryogenic freezing technology, which significantly set them apart from the competition. As McDonald’s grew internationally, OSI quietly grew in their shadow.

Today, OSI Group is one of the largest food solutions providers in the world. They have more than 20,000 employees working in nearly 20 different countries. OSI continues expanding its resources and flavors under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin and David McDonald.


McDonald’s, OSI Group: United to Make Dreams Come True

Success in business is about having a good team to execute ideas and creating partnerships that last a long time. McDonald’s has been in partnership with OSI Group since 1955 when the company then was known as Otto & Sons was selected to supply McDonald’s. Since then both companies have grown into world leaders in their industry. OSI Group was established in 1909 and has been in operation for more than a century.

It has seen tremendous growth in that time considering it started as a simple butcher shop in a corner of Chicago. This growth has been helped by the business relationship existing between the company and McDonald’s. OSI Group McDonalds has been around for a shorter period of time. While OSI Group is pre WW1 McDonalds only came into beings 3 years after World War 2. McDonald’s started out as a burger shack established by Richard McDonald and Maurice McDonald in San Bernardino, California in 1948.

They established a second restaurant in Des Plaines Illinois in 1955 through the franchising business model. The company has expanded and today there are more than 200,000 McDonalds in the world covering six continents. The only continent that does not have a OSI Group McDonalds is Antarctica and the company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange as MCD. The partnership between McDonalds and the OSI Group started out in 1955 when the company was selected to supply the fast food chain with ground meat.

McDonalds was growing really fast and by 1973 OSI Group then known as Otto and Sons had to build a facility just for the purpose of supplying McDonalds restaurants. To deal with the increasing demand OSI Group adopted flash freezing technologic which involves freezing food items by exposing to cryogenic temperatures which maintai, taste, moisture and the texture. In this way they were able to deal with OSI Group McDonalds ever increasing demand.

About OSI Group McDonalds

OSI Group started out as a family owned butcher shop in Chicago.It was established by Otto Kolschowsky who was an immigrant from Germany. Sheldon Lavin is its current CEO and it employs 20,000 people. It has its headquarters in Aurora Illinois.

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OSI Food Solutions UK Winner Of 2016 Globe of Honor By The British Safety Council

OSI Food Solutions is an American privately owned holding company. It is meant for meat processors. In 2016 the company won a prestigious Globe of Honor Award from the British Council for the exemplary management of the environment. The company was handed the award on November 25, 2016, at a luncheon hosted at the Draper’s hall in the city of London. The company received this award alongside other 17 organizations. The prize is usually awarded to organizations who demonstrate excellence in environmental management. Before a company can compete for the prize, it must achieve the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s environmental management audit. The audit was running from August 2015-July 2016. Another area that a company must achieve before it can be nominated is excellence in their environmental management throughout the business. Visit

The OSI Food Solutions was established in 1909 by a German Immigrant to the United States Oak Park, Illinois. He later expanded and moved the company to Maywood in Chicago suburbs. He then changed the name of the company to Otto & Sons in 1928. In 1955 Ray Kroc opened a restaurant in Des Plaines Illinois, and the OSI Food Solutions was the supplier of the meet to the restaurant. When faced with a competition with the incoming of the fresh foods through liquid nitrogen fessing in 1960s Kroc offered an opportunity to Otto &Sons to become one of the fourth suppliers of meat to McDonald’s restaurant. In 2016 the company bought the former Tyson Food plant in Chicago.

The company has since expanded to many countries and many industries. In the US OSI Food operates a plant by the name OSI Industries, with branches in Chicago, Geneva and West Chicago in Illinois among many others. Apart from the recognition award OSI Food Solutions has also been listed by Forbes as one of America’s largest private companies. The company produces various food products including hot dogs, pizza, fish pork, bacon, poultry dough products of dough productions. At the same time, the company has also been supplying meat products to many other companies in China. Visit