Exploring new ways to get to know their customers and innovating new food products is what OSI Industries continues to do, and now they’ll be adding customized meat food products that Australians love to their portfolio. That’s because they’re now forming a new venture with Turi Foods known as Turosi which will be serving the Victoria and New South Wales regions of Australia. Turi Foods has been the owner of the La Ionica, Bannockburn, and Golden Farms food brands and now their output will be even larger with joint funding from OSI. Their presence in the south Pacific region has already been growing with the completion of a new plant just last year in the Philippines under the auspices of GenOSI.
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OSI Industries has been around for more than 100 years though they were just a butcher shop when they were founded in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky. They were quite adept at making different prepared beef and poultry products, and as Otto Kolschowsky’s sons took over the business in the 1950s, they made a deal with their first big client, McDonald’s restaurants. The restaurant chain was just in its startup phase at this time, buy they believed with the Otto & Sons meat products supplied to them at their various locations, they could become very successful. As McDonald’s grew, Otto & Sons realized they would need to do the same, so with the help of a new partner owner in former investment banker Sheldon Lavin, they began acquiring financing that allowed them to build large output meat plants across the US and eventually overseas. They became known as OSI Industries in 1975.
OSI Industries not only has been able to generate a large output of meat over the years; they’ve also been able to keep their factories safe. By implementing different work routines and using advanced meat cutting and heating tools, they’ve been able to greatly minimize the risks of employee injuries. They were given the Globe of Honor award for this accomplishment in their UK facilities by the British Safety Council in 2016. They also have had some of their executives honored for community service work at the North American Meat Institute.