OSI Group is a company that processes food since it was founded in the year 1909. OSI Group is located in Illinois in the United States. OSI Group was initially selling meat products when it was established, but the company has now branched to several other food products such as vegetables, pastries, meat pies, dough products, and hot-dogs.
OSI Group ensures customer satisfaction at all times when delivering food products and this they do through partnerships with other top food retailers. One food retailer that OSI Group has maintained a long-lasting relationship with is McDonalds. The first McDonalds joint was started by Roy Kroc in 1995. He was just an entrepreneur at the time and had talked with OSI to be his main suppliers of meat products. The partnership was at the time not official as McDonalds was just starting out.
Later on, Roy Kroc was able to make the partnership between OSI Group and McDonalds official when he purchased McDonalds from its owner. This way OSI Group McDonalds became a partnership. OSI Group McDonalds was responsible with transportation of food products to the different chains in the different parts of the country. McDonalds was quickly gaining recognition in the US, and it was opening up joints in various parts. OSI Group McDonalds had to deliver products to all these parts while at the same time maintain consistency and deliver sufficient items that can satisfy their clients. With this, McDonalds was sure that they can meet their demands. The long distance between the different McDonalds spots was proving to become a challenge.
OSI Group McDonalds finally has innovated their technology and use modern methods such as flash freezing to ensure the products transported are of quality and are consistent. The innovation in technology has brought a lot of new opportunities for both companies in terms of growth and expansion of the network. OSI Group has gone to the extent of creating a warehouse that purely produces products meant for McDonalds. This relationship is very strong and ongoing up to now. OSI Group ensures that the products sold to customers are healthy and safe.
On November 25, 2016, OSI Food Solutions was among 18 recipients of the 2016 British Safety Councils Awards at a function in Drapers’ Hall London. The Global of Honor award recognizes the companies and organizations that observe strict environmental management processes in their operations. OSI Food Solutions is among many companies that put in place strict strategies that ensure perfect environmental management in its 65 facilities in 17 countries. Each company that received the award completed and passed the management audit scheme done by the British Safety Council between August 2015 and July 2016 by achieving a rating of five stars. The panelists overseeing the process were satisfied that these companies excelled in their environmental management practices starting from the shop floors to their office boardrooms.
The Award winning company OSI Food Solutions made tremendous achievement by making total sales of $6.1 billion in the same year. The results put the company at position 58 in the Forbes list of Top 100 companies in America. The company made outstanding efforts to increase its sales in that year. Among the steps that the company took include merging and acquiring like-minded companies to enhance the smooth supply of its products that so the rise of sales in a significant way. Among the successful acquisitions was the deal between the company and Baho Foods. The Dutch-based company specialized in deli meat, snacks, dips and other foods that made it qualify to collaborate with OSI. Additionally, the company has subsidiaries in the Netherlands and Germany that boosted the sales of OSI n 2016. The five subsidiaries serve 18 countries that mean the process opened a new market to OSI Food Solutions.
Another acquisition that also targeted the European market involved Flagship Europe in the same year. The company made and more expansion efforts in different regions globally apart from Europe. However, the company also upgrades the current plants to boost production like in the case of its Toledo Spain plant. The company upgraded the plant to improve the supplies for the rising demand for its products in Spain and Portugal. The production of the facility doubled to 24,000 tons annually from 12,000 tons. The facility that specializes in other products like beef and pork products made an increase in total production to 45,000 tons annually.