OSI Industries is the giant food supplier behind McDonald’s. German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky, found the company in 1909. The company started off as a small family meat market in Oak Park, Illinois. They slowly progressed into the biggest food supplier in the world within the turn of the century thanks to McDonald’s.
On 1928, the family business was re-branded as Otto & Sons. During this time, they were still a stable, successful local business. It was during 1955, when Otto & Sons really started to blossom. Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald’s Restaurant on 1955. He was in an agreement with the Otto sons, allow them to be McDonald’s first supplier of fresh ground beef. Through this agreement, Otto & Sons paved its way to become one of the most recognized brands in the market.
McDonald’s sells hamburgers and Otto & Sons provided them ground beef. They were able to produce an affordable and consistent beef to each and every McDonald’s that was opened. Flash Freezing was the technology behind Otto & Sons’s affordable and consistent beef. This technology involved freezing food quickly with the use of Liquid nitrogen and greatly reduced transportation costs.
On 1973, Otto & Sons had built its first plant solely dedicated to McDonald’s beef production. The other part of the business was known as the Glenmark brand, which served meat for the retail markets and local restaurants. It was only until 1975, when Otto & Sons were know as OSI Industries.
When McDonald’s broke into the international market in around 1978, OSI Industries followed McDonald’s success. The rest was history as McDonald’s continued to expand and OSI Industries continued to provide meat. The company was ranked #58 on Forbes’s 2016 list of largest private companies. Their sales were estimated at 6.1 billion dollars.
OSI Industries success started off as a small friendship deal. With a bit of luck,a bit of hard work, and a lot of McDonald’s, they are now known as one of the world’s top leading food provider.
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