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OSI Group Expands In Europe

OSI Group is an American holding company that owns numerous meat processors that service both the food service and retail industries. The company is privately held with international headquarters in Illinois. The company was founded in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant. The company was initially named Otto & Sons. The company grew rapidly establishing a reputation for providing quality meat products.

In 1955 when McDonald’s was setting up shop in Illinois the company struck deal to supply it with fresh beef patties. The company changed its name to OSI Industries in 1975. OSI group controls all its US operations under the name OSI Industries. In Illinois the company operates plants in West Chicago and Geneva. The company also has other plants in Iowa, Utah, California and Wisconsin. The company is an internationally recognized name in the food business supplying numerous brand foods and fast food chains. The firm supplies numerous fast food chains in China such as Pizza Hut, Subway, Papa John’s and Starbucks

Under the leadership of current CEO Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group undergone rapid growth and expansion. In the 1970s Mr. Lavin helped the company migrate from a family business to an international business. He has also been instrumental in the firm’s aggressive expansion in the poultry business. The company has been acquiring and partnering with numerous businesses in the food industry.

In 2016 OSI group acquired the Dutch holding company, Baho Foods. Baho Foods is a holding company with five subsidiaries in the Netherlands and Germany. The five companies that comprise Baho Foods are Bakx Foods, Henri van de Bilt, Vital Convenience, Q Smart Life and Gelderland Frischwaren. The Baho Foods acquisition allowed OSI Group to increase its European reach in the quick snacks and deli meats business. The company also acquired Flagship Europe from Flagship Food Group in 2016. Flagship Europe is a manufacturer and supplier of food products such as frozen poultry, mayonnaise, dressings, sauces, Oliver James pies and sous vide equipment. These acquisitions in Europe have helped OSI Group to strengthen its position in the European market place while also opening up new opportunities in the market.

To know more visit @: www.refrigeratedfrozenfood.com/articles/92100-osi-group-acquires-flagship-europe

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