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OSI Industries Introduces Ethnic Flavors to International Countries

by Chris Holden - November 28th, 2018.
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When a German immigrant settled in the US and started a small meat market in Chicago, IL, he introduced ethnic flavors. OSI Industries, now known as OSI Group LLC expanded the company under new leadership attracting new partnerships and acquisitions. This was the pathway to try different tasteful spices in other parts of the world, including Beijing, Shanghai, Spain, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Christopher Hansen told Food Business News on November 14th, 2018 that to produce ethnic foods, it requires researching and understanding cultural dishes. The Assistant Vice President for OSI Culinary and Corporate Executive Chef suggests selecting authentic ingredients that represents the culture’s nature.

OSI Industries received its name in 1975 when it was Otto & Sons building its first plant to distribute and process a product line for McDonald’s franchises. The company operated for 24 years expanding in the US, and to Germany, Spain, China, and Asia Pacific. Hansen last recommendation is to consider the cooking methods the culture uses and the dish presentation. Consumers are looking for authentic food with robust ethnic flavors when dining at restaurants with ethnic diversity of food selections. According to Food Business News, the Ethnic Food and Beverage Consumer Trend Report in 2018 showed 32 percent of consumers will pay additional money for genuine cultural foods.

Out of 87 percent of consumers, 36 percent try regional ethnic cuisines thanks to the media and connecting internationally to experience cultural dishes. The demand for new foods and flavors pushes meat processing companies and chefs to explore meat recipes with ethnic flavors. OSI Industries complied after transitioning to a larger company and experiencing greater expansion. Under the name, between 1977 to the early 1980s, processing plants expanded to Utah in the United States, and other countries. To build the company, Sheldon Lavin, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer created partnerships with global processing companies.

Lavin and the partners changed the name of OSI Industries to OSI Group LLC almost 15 years ago. The company lists on Forbes as the 2018 63rd Largest Private Company in America. OSI custom processes meat, patties, hot dogs, pizza, fish, bacon, poultry, vegetables, condiments, and beverage products.


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