How OSI Food Solutions transitioned from being a Boutique Firm to the Largest Food Supplier Globally

It all started in 1909 when a German immigrant called Otto Kolschowsky established a meat market in Chicago, Illinois. This was only two years after his relocation to America. Around 1917, Otto expanded the wholesale meat retailer to Maywood, a famous suburb based in Chicago. It was in 1982 that he rebranded the firm to Otto & Sons because his sons assisted him in management. The following decades saw to it that Otto & Sons grew the firm into a meat provider that offers quality food.

Background Check

Faced by the need to expand its services further, Otto & Sons started working on partnerships that would see OSI Food Solutions transition into a major food supplier. It was at that moment that McDonald’s appointed the firm to be the sole supplier of the company. With time, OSI Food Solutions started expanding its portfolio into major cities. That way, Otto and his sons suggested that it was essential to hire a finance assistant to help with rebranding and further expansion.


In 1973, Otto and his sons established the first high-volume meat plant in the West of Chicago. The plant had patty-forming machines coupled with liquid nitrogen in freezing tunnels. Also, it established a unit by the name Glenmark to fold non-McDonald’s enterprise. The local projects supplied meat to high profile restaurants and area supermarkets. In 1975, Otto & Sons rebranded to OSI Industries. That marked the onset of a revolutionary food supplying business in the world. Today, OSI Food Solutions is known for cutting across different states through different acquisitions.


Recently, OSI Food Solutions doubled its chicken processing capability in Toledo Spain. The firm invested £17 million in a project made to double the processing capacity from the initial 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons. This expansion has also increased Toledo’s production capacity of pork, chicken as well as beef. Inclusive of this acquisition was the additional employment capacity of about 20 positions to the current 140 employees.

The Overview

Another expansion that OSI Food Solutions has been part of is the Baho Food acquisition in the summer of 2016. In this acquisition, the company managed to invest its resources in the procurement of an international food expertise.

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