It would be difficult to think of a better match between two venerable Chicago-area meat companies than that of OSI Food Solutions and the Rose Packing Company. The two firms are now one thanks to a recent deal in which OSI acquired the Barrington-based company. The latter is famous for its sausages, hams and other pork products.
Both OSI and rose have deep roots in Chicago as family-owned enterprises that have been operating for decades. Both have enjoyed years of expansion, growth and are beloved by their customers. OSI Group was founded in 1909 as a single-owner shop by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky. Rose Packing was founded as a mom-and-pop deboning operation in 1924 by Louis Rose.
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Both companies built a steady reputation for supplying high-quality meat products to local neighborhood customers who they treated with fair prices and respect. Both firms managed to maintain their “family-owned” and “caring attitude” as they grew into major meat processing companies.
Today OSI Food Solutions is among the largest food processors in the world. It maintains more than 65 facilities in 17 nations and employs 20,000 people globally. It reports annual revenue of more than $6 billion. OSI Food Solutions is perhaps best known as the long-time partner of McDonald’s restaurants. It has been the burger giant’s No. 1 supplier since the mid-1950s.
Rose Packing currently operates a facility in Chicago with 700 employees. Dwight Stiehl is the Chief Executive Officer of Rose Packing. He said his team is delighted to be joining the OSI Food Solutions family. It’s an opportunity to provide even better service and products to the large and loyal Rose customer base, he said.
Like OSI, Rose Packing has developed an international reputation as a company focused on stringent safety standards. Rose Packing has BRC certification. That’s the British Retail Consortium’s global standard for food safety.
Rose also uses HACCP to provide it with a preventative program to ensure food safety along its production lines. That includes everything from the arrival of raw materials to finished products shipped from the dock.
OSI Food Solutions is led by legendary Chicago businessman Sheldon Lavin.