OSI Group is a food services company that has plants and distribution centers all around the world and has been in Australia for quite some time. Just recently it was announced that its Australian company would be forming a new venture with a local food supplier in Thomastown, Victoria known as Turi Foods which has been processing meat products in the region for many years. OSI Group prides itself on establishing a local identity in how it conducts business even though it has an international presence, and its values combined with the shared interests it has with Turi made for a perfect forming of the new Turosi company. Both companies will now see their services and food portfolios increase and their resources pooled together.
OSI Group is over 100 years old and can trace its beginning back to when Otto Kolschowsky built its first butcher shop in Chicago in 1909. Its first 60 years or so were spent mostly operating locally supplying its meats to restaurants and supermarkets, but it was a partnership made with one of today’s largest fast food chains, McDonald’s that led to them going international. Much of the growth planning and strategic execution came under the guidance of former investment banker and consultant Sheldon Lavin who became heavily involved in the company and understood how to maximize its operational efficiency. He is currently the CEO and chairman of the company and serves along with President David McDonald on the Board of Directors.
OSI Group has several key international partners in OSI Europe, which is the parent to Baho Food and it’s Flagship Europe branch, OSI China, Select Ready Foods in Canada and GenOSI in the Philippines which serves the southeast Pacific region. OSI has received a good reputation not only for having quality tasting products and a diverse range of already prepared meat specialties, but also for having a great work environment. They won a notable recognition from the British government in 2016 known as the Globe of Honour for maintaining environmentally safe facilities and minimizing the risk of injuries to employees. OSI Group also serves their communities through groups like the Boys and Girls Clubs and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.