OSI Food Solutions, an American-based food provider, has risen to the top of the ranks in the foodservice industry. This company has been able to successfully dodge the many pitfalls of the foodservice industry via evolution. As the old saying goes, “if a shark stops swimming, then it will die.” This notion rings true on so many levels, and OSI epitomizes this notion to the highest degree.
This company was founded back in 1909. Otto Kolschowski, founder of the company, came to the US via immigration. His dream of owning a successful business had come true as his family sold some of the freshest of meats.
In the early day, OSI Food Solutions was family-owned, and it was known as Otto & Sons. The Kolshowski family made a name for themselves thanks to their great customer service. This customer service would carry over into today’s business model. Otto & Sons would eventually go into food wholesale after the 1920s. This is when the company started to bring in huge streams of revenue. One of OSI’s first high-profile clients was McDonald’s. Otto’s sons made a deal with this startup-hamburger chain via handshake. Business was definitely booming as OSI became one of McDonald’s main suppliers of beef. As the years passed, more and more clients began to do business with Otto’s company. This includes Burger King, Starbucks, Yum, Subway and Pizza Hut.
As of today, OSI Food Solutions has grown into a worldwide powerhouse in food services. This juggernaut takes care of every aspect, including management, sourcing, development and distribution. OSI is now worth billions of dollars, it has over 60 facilities, and it’s one of the biggest private companies in America. What more could you ever ask for from a food processor? OSI Food Solutions is definitely on track to becoming the world’s top food processor of all-time.
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OSI Industries is one of the largest food producers in the United States, and the world for that matter. From humble beginnings as a small butcher shop in Chicago, Sheldon Lavin, the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OSI, squarely places credit for the success of this company on its ability to constantly embrace innovations in the food manufacturing sector.
OSI Industries really had a breakthrough when early on, they became the primary supplier of McDonald’s restaurants. That was a big contract for OSI and they went on to serve McDonald’s needs, as well as the needs of several industries with their commitment to excellence and desire to be the best. Success does not happen by accident, but rather it is the result of making concerted efforts to achieve it and OSI is illustrious of this.
Nearly 50 years ago, when Sheldon Lavin was working in a bank as an investment manager and executive, he met with the officers of then Otto and Sons as they were looking for a bank loan to expand their operations. It was likely not just the expansion that galvanized Mr. Lavin, but was likely the scope of those plans. They were aggressive plans and Mr. Lavin helped them get the funding they sought, then 5 years later, when Mr. Lavin was helping Otto and Sons get more funding for international expansion, he was made a partner in the company.
OSI Industries is a true American success story, made possible by the hard work and diligence of German immigrants. They had been in the United States just 2 years when Otto Kolschowsky started his modest butcher shop in Chicago. We will likely never know if he saw the enormous success he was launching with the start of his butcher shop, but what can be gleaned from his moves is that he was only here 2 years before he started his own business. The short period of time that he was in the states, before starting his own business, was likely an auspicious, leading indicator as to the eventual success he would enjoy.
Sheldon Lavin was likely a linchpin to their success, bringing his knowledge of banking and investing when he joined the company, and going on to help them navigate international waters. OSI Industries now is about as successful as a company could be, employing over 20,000 people and operating in over 17 countries.