The OSI Group McDonalds relationship has produced some of the most popular burgers and chicken nuggets both in the US and around the world. What OSI Group has done is build very high tech processing plants that don’t require any more than 45 people to be on shift at a given time. What they do in a particular plant in Germany is bring in thousands of tons of beef from the slaughterhouses and make sure it is diced up and frozen thoroughly. They have mechanisms such as metal detectors and scanners to make sure no foreign substances get into the meat, and every employee that goes into the plant must practice sufficient hygiene and cannot have even a minor illness. The meat is frozen and uses only limited amounts of preservative ingredients, though it has been tested to make sure it can be preserved for a long time.
The OSI Group McDonalds partnership has brought quality meat from these plants to the restaurants and consumers of all demographics. The OSI Group McDonalds partnership began in 1955 when OSI was known as Otto & Sons. They had originally been founded as a meat market in Chicago owned by Otto Kolschowsky and his family, and they had the kinds of meat products that interested Ray Kroc, the McDonalds CEO at the time. He had taken this restaurant from a local malt shake diner to what would become a fast food franchise that was going global, and OSI Group was to become the restaurant’s key supplier.
It was Sheldon Lavin, a former investment banker who came to OSI and started helping them obtain the financing to grow with McDonalds, and by 1978 they would launch the venture that led to the opening of the aforementioned plant in Germany.The OSI Group McDonalds partnership has been rooted in sustainability both in terms of food preservation policy and safety, and also in the workplace culture. Both companies have made their mission about more than just profits and building ongoing relationship with their employees and local communities. Both companies support the Ronald McDonald House Charities which helps families through healthcare grants for special needs children, and helps underprivileged young people attend college.