The OSI Group: Global Food Services Leader And Excellent Corporate Citizen

The OSI Group is one of the world’s premier food services companies. Founded in the Chicago area in 1909 as a neighborhood meat market, the company has grown to now having over 70 food processing facilities in more than 17 countries worldwide. The company’s amazing growth began when they agreed to provide ground beef for Ray Kroc and his fledgling McDonald’s franchise in the 1950s. The OSI Group also began providing packaged meats for restaurants and supermarkets throughout Illinois. Today from its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois, the OSI Group serves clients in North, South and Central America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

The growth of the OSI Group into a global powerhouse began when Sheldon Lavin purchased the company in the 1980s. Since that time, the company has opened production facilities throughout the Americas, Australia, India, Southeast Asia, Japan and China. The OSI Group currently provides meat, dough and vegetable products to McDonald’s, Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Subway, Starbucks and countless other American fast food companies doing business in China. After having done business in China for over 20 years, the OSI Group is now the country’s largest poultry producer.

And the company continues to increase its production capacity and broaden its customer base. The OSI Group recently purchased a former Tyson Food production facility located on the Southside of Chicago. The company has also increased its presence in Europe and the number of customers and countries it serves there. To facilitate this, the OSI Group recently purchased Flagship Europe and the Dutch company Baho Foods. Together these companies provide a wide range of meat, vegetables and dough products to consumers in more than 18 European countries.

But the OSI Group is known for more than providing tasty, nutritious, culturally-sensitive food products to consumers worldwide. The company is also praised globally as an excellent corporate citizen that gives generously to a number of worthy philanthropic causes and organizations. The OSI Group is also known for its exemplary environmentally safe food production practices. The British Safety Council recently presented the company with the Globe of Honor award. The OSI Group received this prestigious award for the excellent management of environmental risks related to their food production services. The company also won the award in 2013 and 2015.

The OSI Group also puts great emphasis on the personal growth of its employees. The company has created several excellent programs to facilitate it.

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