The Expansion of OSI Group

One usually hears the saying, “You can’t climb the ladder with your hands in your pockets”. Most people hear this saying and others throughout their lives; however, few feel as though they are successfully climbing. There are few people in the world that are considered “To have reached the top”. And those people are celebrities, public figures, politicians and other people relative to that nature. OSI Group is not a name commonly heard and yet, the story of this company: OSI’s story is the perfect story about starting small and growing until an impact is made internationally.
It is clear that the story begins in the early 20th century in Chicago, Illinois. OSI Group was at the time a small butcher shop… a dream that would completely change.
The change started in 1940 when Ray Kroc partnered with Otto & Sons (OSI Group’s name at the time). Otto & Sons took this opportunity with McDonald’s to be first supplier delivering ground beef. This may seem like a minuscule detail but at the time, the meet was delivered freshly cut and there was no other way to receive it.
As everything in life grows, more is expected and once Ray Kroc bought the company: McDonald’s, Otto & Sons was about to grow also. Otto & Sons was now about to be the supplier of every McDonalds opened at the time and all future stores. Their name was then changed to OSI to coordinate with the new global demand. But the company name was not the only thing to change.
“To be in denial about change is futile. Adapting to change ensures our future. Quickly adapting to change gives us a competitive advantage over those who do not,” said by McDonald himself. It may have occurred that fresh meat delivered globally probably was not the greatest idea. And so OSI would start flash freezing their food which meant the food goes through a cryogenic food process. This allowed OSI to help McDonald’s create a consistent product.
As the article, “David McDonald: From Iowa Farm to a Global Leadership Position” says, “OSI has continued its steady march of growth”. OSI Group has business with McDonald’s, Baho Food, Flagship Europe, and the company that owns Tyson Foods. OSI Group has climbed the ladder and though the company has reached the top, OSI Group will continue to climb.

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