OSI Industries: A Century Strong…And Still Counting

Creating an outstanding brand that meets market needs is an overwhelming task that requires patience, learning and a good measure of missteps along the way. The importance of these lessons in running a lucrative enterprise is even more realistic for a company like OSI Industries that has clocked over a century in the food processing industry. Looking back to the beginning of the 20th Century at around 1909 when Otto Kolschowsky opened a family meat market in Oak Park, Illinois, one can only see the prominence of a long journey starting with a single step.

The growth of OSI Industries has been characterized by expansions through acquisitions, diversification and segmentation. Today, the company is a leader in customized packaging of processed foods with the ability to a handle a variety of products including beef, pork, poultry, seafood, pizza and even baked goods.

Using a reliable well-spread distribution network, OSI Industries has made an imprint on the global market and has bagged prestigious accolades to underline its potential. In May 2017, its recently-acquired UK-based subsidiary Flagship Europe was awarded the Best Global Diversified Food Supplier–U by Trade Monthly Magazine. This was preceded by a good ranking at number 58 on the Forbes list of largest private companies.

Over the past one year, OSI Industries has recorded commendable growth through acquisitions which include:
• Acquisition of a controlling stake in Baho Food. Baho Food has for a long time served the Dutch food market as a manufacturer of meat products and a variety of other food items.
• Acquisition of Hynek Schlachthof GmbH, based in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany.
• The purchase of a food processing facility and storage warehouse close to its facility in Chicago, Illinois.

OSI Industries continues to reinforce its efficiency by investing in modern food technology innovations as well aligning its employees to meet market demands through timely and continuous training. The award of the Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy to OSI Chairman and CEO, Sheldon Lavin in March 2016 is a testimony to this commitment.

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