The meat processing industry is competitive. It takes grit and intellect to survive the competition, as well as keep up with the growing demand for meat and food products in general. It’s even more competitive to supply consumers indirectly through foodservice. This is the role that OSI Food Solutions plays in the world.
OSI Food Solutions started off as a small meat butchering company in West Side Chicago. In 1955, they scored a contract with the first McDonalds and held that contract with its subsequent franchises. OSI was then called Otto & Sons and soon grew, with McDonald’s, overtaking factories all over the United States and Central America.
Today, OSI Food Solutions supplies McDonald’s, Subway, Papa Johns and countless other food service businesses with their product. The road to this point wasn’t easy. To be able to service all of these foodservice companies requires a great deal of tactical maneuvering in the world. OSI has had to make key acquisitions to bolster their product line and create networking channels with foodservice companies in countries around the world.
The most recent of these acquisitions was Baho Foods, a deli meat company located in the Netherlands. The Dutch company is responsible for many convenience items like snacks and deli meats. For OSI, the move seemed like a no-brainer. It grew their portfolio of products as well as gave them key demographic areas in the Netherlands, a notoriously difficult country to grow into.
Another acquisition along the same lines was that of Flagship Europe. Flagship Europe — now Creative Foods — is a supplier of frozen poultry, pies, filling, sandwich products, and more for foodservice businesses across the United Kingdom. Creative Foods instantly filled gaps in OSI Food Solutions product lines and created great infrastructure for servicing the foodservice industry in the United Kingdom.
These smart acquisitions are just one of the many ways that OSI is fulfilling its role of service in the foodservice industry across the world. It isn’t an easy position to be in. Competition is hyper-aggressive and any false moves could see them losing business across the world. OSIs position isn’t an easy one, but it is one that they have excelled at for many years.