OSI Group Continues to Expand Through Purchases and Acquisitions That Would Make Its Original Owner Proud
OSI Group was created in 1909 when a German Immigrant by the name of Otto Kolschowsky decided to open up a deli and meat market in the west side of Chicago. The company became a local favorite rather quickly, and this motivated him to expand into the wholesale aspect of the business. As the decades passed, Kolschowsky handed the company down to his sons but not before he made a deal with McDonald’s that would change the course of both companies forever. During the 1970’s, OSI built its first facility that was dedicated to serving only McDonald’s, and just a few years later, the company expanded its operations overseas in a combined effort with McDonald’s.
Today, OSI Group continues to expand its company to all parts of the world, and in 2016, it purchased a facility that was being abandoned by Tyson Foods. The facility measures out to 20,000 square feet and is located in a part of Chicago, Illinois where another facility of the company exists. Kevin Scott, senior executive vice president for OSI North America, revealed in an interview that as the needs of the company’s customers change, so will its offerings. Since OSI Group is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, this facility will help with all of its offerings on a national level.
OSI Group also continues to grow its worldwide operations overseas in Europe where it recently purchased a controlling stake in Baho Food. The company manufactures deli meats, snacks, convenience foods, and other food products and owns five subsidiaries including Q Smart Life, Vital Convenience, and Henri van de Bilt. Baho Food runs plants that exist in different locations in Germany and the Netherlands, which will help OSI to serve a broader base of customers with expanded offerings. David McDonald, president of OSI, had nothing but good things to say about the purchase and is looking forward to working with Baho’s managing director, John Balvers.
OSI Group also acquired Flagship Europe in its effort to better meet the needs of its European customers. The purchase took place in 2016, and OSI renamed the company Creative Foods Europe recently. OSI will now be able to offer its European customer base condiments, frozen poultry, dressings, sandwich fillings, sauces, and mayonnaise. OSI will also be able to help grow the company through its resources and already large customer base. This is often the case with many of the acquisitions that OSI makes.