One of the largest providers of food in the world today is a company called OSI Group McDonalds. They have been around for 100 years. Otto Kolschowsky immigrated from Germany to the United States in the early 1900’s. He then opened a meat market in Chicago a couple of years later. This business became known as Otto and Sons in 1928. The first McDonalds restaurant was opened in 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois by Ray Kroc. He entered into a business agreement with Otto and Sons. They would supply the ground beef for McDonalds. Soon afterwards Ray Kroc bought out the company of McDonalds and became the CEO. As McDonalds grew so did Otto and Sons. The two companies worked closely together.
Over time Otto and Sons became OSI Group McDonalds. The main product sold by McDonalds became their hamburgers. OSI Group McDonalds was able to provide McDonalds with a consistently good quality of meat. The problem of transporting the meat over vast distances became a problem with OSI Group McDonalds. The answer was a method of preserving meat through a process called flash freezing. It became popular in the late 1960’s. It involves freezing food quickly using liquid nitrogen. This process helped to reduce cost and allowed the food business to expand.
OSI Group built it’s first food processing plant dedicated for McDonalds in 1973. It was largely used to flash freeze the hamburger patties destined to be sold by McDonalds. OSI Group began to expand rapidly at this time. They began to open other food processing plants outside of Chicago. As McDonalds expanded so did OSI Industries.
In the early 1980’s a person outside of the Kolchowsky family became CEO of OSI Industries. His name is Sheldon Lavin. OSI Industries is one of the biggest companies in the United States today. It is now a food provider internationally. They now provide food for Europe and Asia. Some of OSI Industries food products are now going to companies including Burger King, Subway and Papa John’s and of course their their first big customer McDonalds Restaurants a world franchise today.
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