OSI Group supplies processed food to top food outlet brands across the world. The company specializes in processing foods that are largely protein rich such as meet. It adds value to the foods to meet the changing taste preferences of its clients. OSI stands out as one of the few companies that have managed to stand the test of time in the food industry, given that some businesses struggle to adapt to market changes that arise from generation change. In that same breath, the company has managed to establish itself in different local market setups across the world, competing and even outdoing local firms. OSI Group was established in 1909 and is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois.
The Complexity of Global Food Business
Surviving in the global food market goes beyond impressing the clientele as at a given moment in time. This is mainly because the financial position of clients is influenced by the economic situation in their motherland. It is, therefore, possible to have a particular market preference changing for multiple times within a couple of years. OSI Group has used innovation to sustain a competitive approach in all the countries they operate, the prevailing economic situations notwithstanding. Secondly, OSI Group operates through many local teams that understand perfectly well the cultures and financial muscle of the clients living in the localities in which they are deployed. The consequence of that is that the company can accurately predict future market trends in a particular region and adjust its operations accordingly.
Consolidating Its Oldest Client Base
OSI Group consolidated its presence Chicago by the acquisition of the Tyson Food plant in the region in June last year. The new facility became an added infrastructure for use by OSI Group in its day-to-day operations especially in increasing efficiency in food processing. One year down the line, the facility has greatly helped the company in meeting the diversified client needs from the increased client population in Chicago. Kevin Scott, OSI North America’s senior executive vice president, argued that the Tyson Foods plant brought about new capabilities to the OSI manufacturing network.
The attachment OSI Group has with Chicago is historical. This is because its mother company- Otto & Sons- was based in Chicago. Even though the company was just a simple meet business at the time, loyal clients in the region played a key role in propelling the company to what it has become today.
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