A Long and Faithful Partnership: OSI Group and McDonald’s Global Pursuit

OSI Food Solutions has stood the test of time having more than a century of doing business. However, this company’s real success is its long-standing partnership with McDonald’s. OSI Food Solutions started out as a business run by a father and his two sons. Their success within their surrounding community caught the attention of Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc was the soon to be franchise owner of McDonald’s in Des Plaines, Illinois. Before the operation of this McDonald’s location, Ray Kroc sought out suppliers for their ground beef. Since OSI started to expand their business in the wholesale industry around the Chicago area, it made them a match for McDonald’s and their endeavors. Ray then entered into an agreement with the sons of OSI Food Solutions where they supplied McDonald’s ground beef. This would become a long and faithful agreement producing the OSI Group McDonalds. Read this article at Wikipedia

A few years later, Ray Kroc bought out McDonald’s and began to expand the company out nationally. OSI Food Solutions, tied to their agreement, expanded as well in order to meet the growing demand. OSI eventually opened a new plant in West Chicago, Illinois where it dedicated its production to McDonald’s branches. However, by the time the West Chicago branched finished, OSI was one of four primary meat suppliers to McDonald’s. At the West Chicago branch, it used technologically advanced machinery that would flash freeze patties fast and efficiently for packaging and delivery. This technology allowed for product expansion and reduced the cost of food. Expansion also lead them to open up a new plant in West Jordan, Utah to help supply the hundreds of new McDonald’s opening nationwide.

OSI Group McDonalds would then continue to expand their business ventures globally. They began with a joint venture in Germany and Spain in 1978 and 1980, respectively. OSI’s international expansion was carefully guided by, OSI’s current CEO, Sheldon Lavin. OSI Group McDonalds, knowing their international pursuit, wanted a trustworthy leader to guide their supplier and asked Lavin to fully commit to OSI. OSI Group McDonalds international pursuits were able to efficiently grow under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership.

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