How OSI Group Went Global

Persistence and resilience are the major contributors to the success of an organization. As for OSI Group, being ranked a leading food service provider is an honor. With that said, every journey always has a beginning. In this case, this context will revolve around how OSI Group started out and how the organization was able to stay ahead of its competitors and become an international corporation.

Background Information

During the beginning of the 20th century, many German immigrants saw it fit to settle in Chicago, Illinois. Otto Kolschowsky was one of the immigrants. After settling in and studying the Chicago environment, Otto decided to open up a butcher shop that was at first meant to serve the community at large. With time, business was picking up, and Otto decided to open up another branch in Maywood. Business was running smoothly as expected. Since Otto had two sons; Arthur and Henry, he decided to introduce them to the business. That is how the business came to be known as Otto & Sons in 1928.

The Symbiosis between Otto & Sons and McDonald’s

Otto & Sons was running smoothly, and they were also gaining an excellent reputation due to their ability to satisfy their customers and also offering quality meat products. Well, due to the positive reputation that Otto & Sons had gained over the years, the McDonald’s restaurant decided to work with them. As the primary supplier of meat products to the McDonald’s entity, Otto & Sons was able to amass vast amounts of revenue.

Otto & Sons Deploy Useful Technology

Food is a fast moving commodity. As a result, the McDonald’s restaurant was expanding faster than expected. Well, this was good for Otto & Sons since they would supply vast amounts of meat products. However, there came a challenge that involved transporting meat products to the McDonald’s entities that were situated in locations that were not in close proximity. Since quality is of great importance, Otto & Sons were lucky to come across a technique known as flash freezing that was discovered in the 1960’s. Without hesitating, they deployed this piece of technology that involved keeping the meat products in a frozen state through the use of liquid nitrogen. The breakthrough allowed them to transport meat products in frozen state over long distances.

Outline

Since Otto & Sons were now able to transport meat products over long distances, while still maintaining the mark of quality and freshness of their products, they were now confident that they could transport their products all over the globe without any worries. Over the years, Otto & Sons later transitioned to OSI Group. The company also procured the services of leaders such as Sheldon Lavin; the current serving CEO of OSI Group. Far from that, OSI Group is currently a global corporation and a leading food service provider.