OSI group began as a family business in the early 20th century by a German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky. The first business joint was based at Chicago, Illinois. It started as a small retail butchery meant to serve the locals. Kolschowsky managed to make his business successful and just after the end of the First World War the business grew into a wholesale business where he started to supply meat to other retailers and other parts of Chicago.
In 1928, Kolschowsky solidified his business’ stand as a family business, and Otto & Sons was born. For decades the family continued to run the business successfully as a local business. It managed to survive through the Second World War and served as a critical supply center for the community during the post-war recovery period. At around the same time, Ray Kroc was busy with making Mc Donald’s a franchise that focused on selling quality burgers as per the initial owners Richard and Maurice McDonald’s standards. OSI Group McDonalds have so much in common tracing their history from the family business, both operating in the food industry and both were small businesses at the time.
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Ray Kroc entered into a handshake agreement with the Otto & Sons managers who at the time were Kolschowsky’s sons who agreed to be McDonald’s first supplier of fresh ground beef. With the growth of the McDonald’s franchise, Otto & Sons was related to the business as supplying the ever-growing franchise became their sole priority. Both OSI Group McDonalds gained popularity in the food industry due to their relationship.
In 1975, Otto & Sons made a few changes in its management positions and consequently transitioned into OSI Group. Kroc, on the other hand, continued to pursue consistent products especially the burger components across every operating restaurant. For this reason, he trusted the OSI Group with supplying quality products to his restaurants. Towards the late 1960’s Otto & Sons discovered an advanced processing cycle that would make the task of providing McDonald’s with supplies much easier. This aspect brought OSI Group McDonalds closer as per the essence of business relations.
In 1973, Otto & Sons dedicated an independent plant to McDonald’s course and incorporated the technology of flash freezing of burger patties in large scale to answer the demand of McDonald’s call. The two companies OSI Group McDonalds mutually benefited from the business for years as they both grew to serve other clients.
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