OSI Food Solutions was founded more than a century ago in Oak Park, Illinois as Otto & Sons. What was originally opened by Otto Kolschowsky as a family meat market has steadily grown decade by decade into a powerhouse food processing and solutions company with operations in 17 countries across the world. Ambitious expansion has been a particularly effective aspect of OSI’s growth as an industry leader over the last 40 plus years. The company of today is still growing and continues to search for new ways to better serve its long-established customers as well as attract new ones.
Over A Century Of Success In The Food Industry:
The early years of OSI Food Solutions (then Otto & Sons) was a slow but steady period of growth from local, to a regional food company. In 1955, the company entered into a relationship with McDonald’s Restaurants as its ground beef patty supplier and that relationship continues to this day. The push that the McDonald’s account gave to the company was huge and served as a springboard for the expansion of the 1970s and 1980s that was spearheaded by Chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin. The 1980s saw the arrival of David McDonald to the OSI family. David has gone on to achieve great success with the company, now serving as President and COO. He has been a key component in the company’s expansion from the late 1980s to present. Always keen to take advantage of a good business deal, OSI Food Solutions has recently made some big moves in their European arena.
European Market Expanded With Recent Acquisitions:
Baho Food and Flagship Europe are well-established brands in the European food service industry. OSI’s recent acquisition of these outstanding companies is a huge win for the food powerhouse. These acquisitions add further depth to the long list of OSI brands and are sure to be a welcome addition to OSI’s current customers as well as a great bargaining chip for gaining valuable new clients.
OSI President and Chief Operating Officer David McDonald:
David G. McDonald is the President and Chief Operating Officer of OSI Food Solutions. He was born into a farming family in 1964 in northeastern Iowa. After attending college in his home state at Iowa State Univesity and graduating in 1987, David took a position as a project manager with OSI Food Solutions. From the start, David’s focus was on helping OSI expand to a global level. He is still passionate about growing the business and recently remarked about OSI’s acquisition of Baho Food that “The company’s portfolio of products and brands complements OSI’s current processing strengths while broadening our capabilities to best serve the evolving needs of our customers.”