The British Safety Council selects food businesses annually for its Globe of Honour award that adhere to top industry safety guidelines and demonstrate a commitment to sanitary practices. This last year’s recipient was OSI Group, a Chicago-based meat processing and distribution company that acquired Flagship Europe and Baho Food.
OSI Group uses high-grade cooking and preparation technology for its meats and packages them both in customized ready-to-order entrees and frozen meat to be placed in non-prepared dishes. The Globe of Honour award is just one of many accomplishments OSI Group has in its long history.
OSI Group is actually more than 100 years old. Otto Koslschowsky started it as a butcher shop in Chicago after immigrating from Germany in 1909 and in time he and his sons had built a full-scale factory with a great reputation for its meats. The company was named Otto & Sons for many years and even became the first partner company for McDonalds in the 1950s. In the mid-1980s when Sheldon Lavin became CEO, OSI Group started building plants overseas and acquiring many other food companies. They’ve always kept employees and managers on staff at every company they’ve bought. OSI Group is also one of the primary supporters of Ronald McDonald House Charities.