OSI Group may already be among the world’s largest food processing companies with 65 facilities in 17 countries, but this privately-owned business is determined to continue growing aggressively in coming years. The past two years have demonstrated OSI’s full-tilt charge toward greater global reach and a massive presence on the world stage. Company expansion also means growing at home. For example, OSI recently completed the purchase of a 20,000 square foot processing and storage facility in Chicago. OSI Group is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois. The new Chicago facility is a significant addition to the overall capability of OSI to meet growing customer demand for a variety of processed meat products, said Kevin Scott. Scott is Executive Vice-President of OSI North America.
While it bulks up its processing power at home, OSI Group is making big moves around the world. An example is the recent merger with Turi Foods in Australia. Turi is one of largest chicken processors Down Under. After the merger, Turi will become Turosi Pty Ltd. The union of OSI Group and Turi is a win-win scenario for each company, but also the people of Australia in terms of both jobs and high quality, convenient and delicious meat products for hungry customers. Another example of OSI expansion is its recent purchase of Baho Food, a Dutch manufacturer of deli meats, convenience food products and snacks for the retail segment.
Baho Food operates facilities in the Netherland and Germany. OSI controlling interest in Baho Food increases its leverage in the northern European market. Looking south to Spain, OSI Group recently doubled the capacity of its plant in Toledo. The 17-million-Euro project increased the chicken processing capacity of the Toledo operation from 12,000 pounds to 24,000 pounds per year. Demand for chicken has grown in Spain by 8% in each of the past three years. More than 40 new jobs were also added. When beef and pork products are included, the Spain operation can handle more than 40,000 pounds of product annually. From the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere, OSI is extending its reach and solidifying its position as a global powerhouse in the food processing sector.