When it comes to the food industry, you would expect only the best to make the cut. With the OSI Group, there is no exception. Named # 58 in the 2016 Forbes Magazine list of “Largest Private Companies” at a staggering revenue of $6.1 billion, and #66 in FoodEngineering Magazine in the 2016 list of “Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies in the World”, it’s no surprise that OSI Group has been growing at the astonishing rate it is today.
OSI Group’s history began with German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky in 1909, and quickly took off, going from “Otto & Sons” in 1928, to the OSI Group that we know today. The company services the retail and food service industry, based in Aurora, IL. There are over sixty-five facilities in seventeen countries in the world, seven of which are in the US alone. OSI Group’s products include dough products, vegetables, hot dogs, pizzas, meat patties, pork, fish, bacon, and poultry, where the main focus rests in the original idea behind the company’s beginning was as a meat processor. The company provides many different private label brand foods for its varying foodservice and retail customers.
With a gigantic leap in the current company’s status, CEO Sheldon Lavin is to thank for the soar in OSI’s growth and development in the past three years. Lavin lead OSI from being a domestic food group company to the international multibillion dollar food processor. In the midst of this growth, OSI makes sure to follow the path of all top 100 companies in valuing the consumer above all profitable operations. OSI CEO Lavin predicts a more rapid growth as new facilities are already planned for the coming years to further the company’s reach in the food processing industry.
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