The History of OSI Group: A World Leader In The Food Industry

Servicing the retail and food service industries, OSI Group is an American holding company of meat processors. The company sells a variety of products including different meats, poultry, fish vegetables, and dough products.

OSI Group originally opened in 1909 and functioned as a family meat market. Its location was Oakwood Park, Illinois until 1917 when the company decided to expand to the meat packing industry and moved to the nearby suburb of Maywood, Illinois. Today, it is located in Aurora, Illinois.

Today, OSI Group has 65 facilities across the globe including the continents of North America, Europe, and Asia. In America alone, the company has 18 plants spread out amongst several cities and towns.

OSI Group became McDonald’s first supplier of ground beef patties in the 1950s. In the 1960s, the company became one of four companies to exclusively supply McDonald’s with beef products.

The company Glenmark was opened in 1973 by OSI Group. Here they would take specialty orders from restaurants and supplied meat to several different local grocery stores. Glenmark was sold to a separate company in 2011.

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When their ninth and tenth plants opened in China in 2013, OSI Group became one of the biggest suppliers of poultry in China. In the country, they process more than 300 million birds per year.

In 2016, OSI Group announced it bought a controlling stake of a private Dutch company that manufactures meat and other food products called Baho Foods. Baho foods has been in business for roughly 60 years and operates 18 plants throughout Europe.

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OSI Group has been featured in the Forbes List of Largest Companies twice. In 2011, the company placed 136th on the list with an annual revenue of $3 billion. Five years later in 2012, OSI ranked 58th on the list with a revenue of $6 billion.

In 2011, McDonald’s presented OSI Group with the U.S. Supplier Summit Quality Award. The award recognizes a company for its high standards in food safety and quality management. McDonald’s also announced the company was among their top sustainable suppliers of 2012.

In 2014, the American Meat Association presented OSI Group with the Tier Three Environmental Recognition Award. This award is presented to companies that go above and beyond environmental compliance by creating and implementing plant upgrades or environmental programs. They also won the Worker Safety Recognition Reward for their high level of safety performance that same year.