The OSI Group: The Most Sought-After Food Supplier in the U.S.

Founded in 1909, OSI is one of the largest, and perhaps oldest, US-based restaurant food suppliers. In fact, considering client portfolio, there is a reasonable chance that you’re also one of their customers, at least indirectly. How? Well, even if you haven’t heard of OSI, you’re undoubtedly familiar with many of their largest clients including Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut, Subway, and Papa John’s. Headquartered in Aurora, IL, the OSI Group is a privately held company that has been consistently fulfilling the needs of their customers by strategically providing products that not only meet customer expectation but also, exceeds those expectations. If you’re curious about the company’s product line, OSI carries quality fish, poultry, and beef products, as well as seasonal fruit and vegetables. When it comes to longevity, few companies are on par with OSI; they have been in business for over 100 years, and in addition, have been named the 58th largest privately held company, in the United States, according to Forbes.

From a logistical standpoint, what makes OSI a leading food supplier? Well, it comes down to a number of variables; OSI is headed up by Chief Operating Officer, David McDonald, as well as CEO Sheldon Lavin, both of whom are equally talented stewards of the company. In addition, the OSI Group has an enormous workforce comprising of 20,000 employees, interspersed throughout 65 facilities in 17 different countries. Although based in Aurora, IL, OSI is a global company; in fact, they were one of the main food suppliers for the 2008 Olympics, held in Beijing. The company routinely looks for opportunities to expand their operations, and a result, they purchased the manufacturing plant formerly owned by Tyson Foods. According to Chief Operating Officer David McDonald, purchasing the former Tyson plant was born out of a desire to not only improve manufacturing but also, to facilitate protocols designed to better serve OSI customers. These efforts have rewarded OSI greatly; the privately held company is reportedly valued at $600-billion-dollars.

So, what’s next for the OSI Group? The company plans to continue to improve by adding more products to their already robust portfolio, which includes broadening their breakfast line of foods. OSI will be adding bacon and sausages options that will most likely appeal to McDonald, as well as dough-based products that will appeal to customers like Papa Johns. Basically, the OSI Group will continue to deliver the innovation and quality foods that have made them one of the most sought-after food suppliers in the U.S, and abroad.

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