OSI Industries has come a long way from its domestic beginnings in the US and though it had already entered Europe nearly 40 years ago, it now has several new processing plants plus thousands of new customers with the acquisition of Baho Food. Baho Food is based in the Netherlands and though it has five different distribution subsidiaries all with a processing plant reaching across Europe, it had struggled some in debt and operational expenses. The new deal as an acquired partner of OSI Industries will provide more capital to grow their operations and also will mean every Baho Food employee continues with the company.
OSI Industries has always thought of itself as a family company which is why whenever they’ve added another smaller processing or farm-based company to their portfolio, they’ve considered the employees there to be part of their family. It’s in keeping with the way that Otto Kolschowsky did things as OSI’s first owner. He founded the company in 1909 as a butcher shop which later grew into a larger scale processing and meat sales market. While the company had its ups and downs during the Great Depression and into the early 1970s, he and his sons who later took over kept working hard to keep it running. Their largest partnership to date has been with McDonald’s, and it was this partnership through a series of events that led to Sheldon Lavin taking over as CEO in the late 1970s and gaining the majority ownership in the 1980s.
OSI Industries began its growth period around 1978 when it opened its first distribution facility in Germany, and in the next decade they started moving into China, India and eventually the Philippines as its sister company GenOSI was founded. OSI Industries has made its meat products the feature products with chicken processing starting to multiply even over its beef and pork products in recent days, but it has had many produce and sauce items added to its production plants. At many of its processing plants OSI Industries has some of the top flavor and food quality engineering teams, and they work with local clients in each region to create custom-made entrees and made-to-order foods. They also have brought certain equipment and advanced safety training to their facilities to minimize employee injuries and make the fast-faced environments less accident prone, and this was a key reason they won the Globe of Honour award from the British Safety Council just two years ago.