The next time you order a Big Mac from McDonald’s you might not only enjoy the juicy beef flavor, but a sense of American history as well after learning where your burger originated. The OSI Group, who has partnered with McDonald’s since Ray Kroc opened his first restaurant in 1955 has been in business for over 100 years and is still going strong.

The OSI Group started from humble beginnings in the Oak Park area of Chicago, Illinois as a small neighborhood butcher shop and meat market in 1909 by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky. As the business expanded into the wholesale market and moved to the Chicago suburb of Maywood, it was renamed Otto & Sons in 1928 and continued to thrive as a successful local meat provider.

Little did they know, but history was in the making for Otto & Sons, and subsequently the current company as the local meat market was transformed into a global provider of meat not only for McDonald’s but 16 other countries as well.

The OSI Group was able to expand into the global economy due to their ability to provide a consistent, quality product through the innovative process of flash freezing their meat which enabled them to ship meat longer distances to various locations around the United States and to other countries through joint ventures and trade agreements.

They are currently not only looking to expand business into Europe, but the company is delving into the production of other food products beyond meat. Processed in facilities in the United States and internationally, the meat provider now offers a wider variety of products including tofu products, salsa, beans, frozen food entrees and vegetable products for sale to restaurants and retail stores alike.

With the merger of OSI Group and Turi Foods taking place in May 2018 to form Turosi Pty Ltd. the company is sure to firmly cement its place in the history of forming common food practices in the United States and positively influencing how food is provided in the global market. Otto would be very proud to see how his neighborhood meat market survived the last century and became a leader in the global food market today.

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