When OSI Food Solutions was originally founded as no more than a small local meat market in 1909, there would have been no one that would have guessed that one day it would be among the world’s largest wholesale food distribution operations. No one would have thought that except maybe OSI’s founder Otto Kolchowsky who was a visionary in his own right and got OSI Food Solutions off to a good start. It is perfectly conceivable that Mr. Kolchowsky, were he alive today, would not be at all that surprised that this little meat market he founded is now a worldwide company operating in seventeen nations across the globe and also operating over sixty-five processing plants that are run to the highest standards of environmental sustainability.
The question, of course, becomes, how did OSI Food become such a successful operation. The fact is that the early expansion of the company was slow but steady and by the 1970s OSI Food Solutions stood poised to make some major expansion moves. It was under CEO Sheldon Lavin that the company started to spread its wings beyond North America and across the rest of the world, leading to the global footprint that the company enjoys today. OSI is also not showing any signs of slowing down as the company’s activity of the last five years demonstrates clearly. OSI has dramatically increased its presence in Europe during the past five years and this includes the acquisition of two major wholesalers.
The first of these companies is the Netherlands based Baho Food. The second company is the British based Flagship Europe, now rebranded as Creative Foods Europe. Another major move in Europe has seen OSI Food Solutions make a giant upgrade to operations in Spain. The company was seeing a large increase in the demand for processed chicken in Portugal and Spain and the solution was a revamp of the production line of the processing plant in Toledo, Spain. This upgrade has allowed OSI Food Solutions to double its production of chicken from previous years. All of these moves have been made by OSI in a giant push to increase the company’s ability to serve its European customers.