What is OSI Food Solutions?
When OSI Food Solutions was first founded in 1909, it was just a little meat market. However, since 1955 it has been known as one of the world’s leading suppliers of food and value-added protein products to top retail brands establishments and food service organizations. Based out of Aurora, Illinois; Poultry, pizza, hot dogs, baked goods, seafood, vegetable, beef and pork products, are just some of the food items that OSI provides. The privately owned corporation now has almost 60 facilities operating in 17 countries, according to the Wattage net Top Poultry Companies Database.
OSI Food Solutions Increased Food Products While it Doubled Chicken Production Capacity
In 1990 OSI established, it’s food processing plant in Toledo, Spain and extended its production capacity annually to over 45,000 tons of food products that included beef, pork and chicken products. Apparently, quality, processed chicken products alone were increased to 24,000 tons annually from 12,000 tons. The expansion took a $17 million investment and completed in 2017. Additionally, while there were already 140 workers employed by the company, 20 new jobs were opened as a result of the extension that also included the need for a product development manager position.
According to the managing director of the OSI Group in Spain, Jose Maria Del Rio, the expansion was due to a higher demand for mostly chicken products that was growing fast in both Portugal and Spain. Moreover, the demand grew by 8 percent on average annually for three years prior to the expansion and 6 percent in the previous decade. Nevertheless, Del Rio also added that they anticipate the demand will continue to grow for which they are prepared.
Tyson Food Plant Also Purchased By OSI
Essentially, the senior executive vice president of OSI in North America, Kevin Scott, also stated in a press conference that the growth of their company was established to meet the needs of their rapidly growing customers’ demands for more product. Consequently, in June 2016, OSI also purchased a 200,000 square foot, Tyson Foods storage warehouse and food processing facility in Aurora, IL, which was not too far from their already existing establishment located in Chicago IL. According to the Chicago Tribune, it reportedly cost them $7.4 million to acquire this facility.
OSI Attained A Controlling Stake in Baho Food
Subsequently, in August 2016 OSI purchased a controlling stake in Baho Food located in the Netherlands, which — according to the president and chief operating officer, David McDonald — gives the OSI Group a larger stronghold on the European market. Moreover, the managing director of Baho Food, John Balvers was pleased with the transactions and stated that he was looking forward to working with the OSI group as the merger would help Baho to grow rapidly as well as realize their goals.