OSI Industries: From Rags to Riches

OSI Group which used to be known as OSI Industries was started in the year 1909 by an immigrant from Germany. He started a small meat market in Illinois which after a century has grown to be a globally recognized brand.

Today OSI Group has a workforce of around 20,000 people with several subsidiaries worldwide. It’s also the main supplier of meat to several food chains in western countries. Among its products are sausages, bacon, sandwiches, pizzas among others

When it comes to expansion, OSI Group expansion has been on the rise with the launch of several facilities worldwide. In 2012, a new beef processing plant was launched in Poland. This has been followed by acquisitions in Indian Hungary and other parts of the world including China. In Shandong China, for example, OSI Group opened a new modern feed mill making the largest feed mill in operation today in China.

In 2016, as part of its Global expansion program, it bought the Tyson Foods plant in Chicago. The facility is close to the one in Illinois. This has helped in infrastructural support and has enhanced the capacity of their first plant in Chicago. In the same year, the company announced its acquisition of Baho Foods.

The advantage of adding Baho to OSI.

Baho foods have well-established firms in both the Netherlands and Germany. And has five subsidiary companies which are: Vital Convenience, Gelderland Frischwaren, Bakx Foods, Henri Van de Bilt and Q Smart Life.

These firms have been in operation for more than 60 years and are well known for dealing with convenience foods, deli meats, and snacks. They have great clientele in over 15 European countries. For that reason, adding it to OSI Europe business will give OSI a wider presence in Europe.

Basho’s company portfolio of brands and products is a perfect compliment for OSI’s current processing strength. At the same time, it will broaden OSI’s capability of serving the evolving needs of their customers.

The company has been in the forefront in environmental management. In the year 2016, the company was awarded a Global award from British Safety Council for its effort in environmental management. For a company to compete for the Global honor, it has to first achieve the maximum of five stars in the British Council Environmental management audit. Its plant in the UK started its operation in 1989 and has been producing beef and pork products for the hotel industry in the country.

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