OSI Group started out as a small deli and meat market in 1909 that was located in Chicago. Since that time, the company has slowly expanded and is now a global company with more than 20,000 employees. Over the last few years, OSI has really been ramping up its expansion efforts and has made many purchases and other acquisitions to do so. In 2016, the company purchased a former Tyson Foods plant that is located in the south side of Chicago. The facility measures out to 200,000 square feet and is located close to another OSI facility, which allows it to provide support and infrastructure for the company.
While OSI Group is now headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, it is really an international company that has been named one of the top 100 food companies in the world. With 65 facilities all around the globe, the company is positioned to continue its run to the top of the food chain, literally. Recently, OSI purchased a controlling stake in Baho Food, which will put it in an excellent position to better serve its European customers. Baho Food has facilities located in Germany and the Netherlands and owns five subsidiaries including Q Smart Life, Henri van de Bilt, Bakx Foods, Gelderland Frischwaren, and Vital Convenience. The managing director of Baho Food, John Balvers, will stay on and serve the new joint venture and expects great things in the future.
In 2016, OSI Group made another important acquisition that will help it to reach new European customers with a spread of new products. That company was Flagship Europe, which was owned by the Flagship Food Group in Denver, Colorado. OSI has renamed the company Creative Foods Europe, and the company will be offering its customers frozen poultry, dressings, sauces, mayonnaise, condiments, pies, and sous vide products. Before the acquisition, Flagship Europe had acquired Calder Foods, so now OSI owns both companies. Russell Maddock, the chief executive for Creative Foods Europe, has expressed his optimism about the acquisition and is happy to have access to a whole new spread of resources.
OSI Group expects that it will continue to purchase more companies and build new plants in the future. Along with this, the company is planning to expand its existing plants. OSI has already expanded its Toledo, Spain plant so that it can now process 24,000 tons of chicken every year compared to the 12,000 tons it was capable of processing before.