OSI Group is prepared to establish itself permanently in Australia. The company just completed a merger with Turi Foods which is an Australian-based operation. The two companies believe that shared ownership will help both organizations who have very similar business models. Turi Foods operates out of Thomastown, Victoria Australia and has facilities throughout the state. The company is a supplier to Quick Service restaurants, specialty chicken retailers, supermarkets and butcher shops. It is the largest meat processor in Australia.
OSI Group is a privately owned organization that has been supplying food service companies, restaurants and markets for decades. COO David McDonald supervised the merger and will work with leadership at Turi Foods to ensure a smooth transition. Turi foods will continue to operate out of the Victoria Australia and looks forward to being a part of the OSI team.
OSI Group began as a meat market over 100 years ago. The company was family-owned and founded by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky. He named the company Otto and Sons and ran it with his family. Over the years Otto and Sons became known as the number one supplier of meat to restaurants in the Chicago area. In the 1950’s Otto and Sons was discovered by Ray Kroc and the McDonald’s Corporation.
Otto and Sons developed a great reputation with the McDonald’s Corporation and was soon selected to be their number one meat supplier. The company built a state-of-the-art meat processing plant to cater specifically to McDonalds. Over the years it grew with the restaurant chain and eventually became one of the largest meat suppliers in the world.
In the 1960s Otto and Sons became known as OSI Group and began doing international business. OSI Group provides many products including hot dogs, bacon, beef, and poultry. It has a client list that includes Starbucks, Subway, Papa John’s Pizza and Pizza Hut. Forbes ranked OSI as the 58th largest privately owned company in the world. It has a net worth that is in the billions of dollars.
OSI currently has processing plants operating in different countries. It has a worldwide workforce of over 20,000 people. OSI is able to maintain such a high-powered staff by implementing sophisticated hiring practices. The recruiting efforts are designed to bring in the kind of people that belong with the organization.