OSI Industries is branched out across the world, but they value each local community they serve and work closely with independent farms and restaurateurs. Most of their products are already prepared meats such as hamburgers, hotdogs, deli meats, and pizzas. But OSI has included salads and desserts and other side entrees in their product line. They will now have additional snack foods and baked goods added with their recent buyout of Baho Food in the Netherlands.
This acquisition has benefited both OSI Industries and Baho Food because Baho was starting to run short in capital, and OSI Industries was looking to broaden their European food market holdings. Baho Food can now increase its shipments to its current customers as well as more OSI products as part of the OSI brand. OSI Industries President David McDonald said that buying Baho Food allows OSI to grow even better into the region, and he was happy to welcome Baho Food managing director John Balvers to the OSI family. Balvers also expressed his gratitude to OSI Industries for making Baho Food a part of its operations.
OSI Industries grew from a butcher shop started in a suburban neighborhood of Chicago into the billion-dollar company it is today. The Kolschowsky family owned that butcher shop and turned it into a wholesale meat supplier in 1926. The first name of the company was Otto & Sons, and the first major business deal they made was with the McDonald’s restaurants franchise in 1955. When McDonald’s announced that they were going to open restaurants all over the world, the Kolschowskys realized they were going to need to grow their company very large as well. To do that they needed someone with a strong financial background, and that person was Sheldon Lavin, the current CEO of OSI Industries. Lavin not only helped grow OSI’s portfolio, he has also led community involvement at the company.
OSI Industries is ranked at number 10 in the top 100 meat processing companies according to Provisioner Online, and is ranked at 54 in total food production in Food Processing.com. They have over 55 plants located in 17 countries including the US, and other subsidiaries besides Baho Food include Pizza Nation, GenOSI, Fair Oaks Farms, and Select Ready Foods. Their contributions to the community include supporting organizations like the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the greater Chicago area and McDonald’s philanthropy wing.
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