OSI Group's Commitment to Sustainability Continues
January 11, 2021
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Part of the strength of OSI Group is its ability to not only spot trends in food and the food supply, but also to accurately predict how these trends will evolve in the future. This includes determining how the company and its partners can play a part.
This approach has worked well for the company for more than a century, starting with a family-owned meat market in 1909 that expanded into the wholesale meat trade in 1917. The operation became known as Otto & Sons in 1928. Less than 50 years after its inception, it was selected as the first official supplier of ground beef to the first McDonald’s restaurant established by Ray Kroc in 1955. Supplying beef to local McDonald’s restaurants soon became Otto & Sons’ main business. America’s fast food industry grew, along with the ease of interstate travel, and this was a perfect situation for both companies. McDonald’s relied on Otto & Sons for quality meat.
In the mid-1970s, Otto & Sons became OSI Industries, and later, after further expansion, OSI Group. The organization has achieved plenty of other milestones, achievements, and international partnerships since its humble beginnings.
Today, the global conglomerate operates more than 65 facilities in 18 countries. Throughout all of this growth, the company has focused its efforts on being as sustainable as possible and encouraging others in the food industry to do the same.
Part of this philosophy means great attention to sustainability in the global beef supply. This includes efforts to encourage better grazing practices, one example being an initiative in which OSI Group is focusing on the grasslands of Montana. In collaboration with other beef producers and processors, OSI Group is helping to support farmers and ranchers that are eager to learn about rotational grazing best practices, which will improve soil health and reduce the overall carbon footprint of their operations.
Sustainability can also mean looking for safe alternatives to meat, something that can have positive benefit for consumers in the future and, ultimately, the climate. One example is a partnership with Impossible Foods, a company that has been developing plant-based protein items since 2011.
Part of this arrangement, announced in 2019, was that OSI Group would begin producing Impossible Burgers and other Impossible Foods products that have been showing up on the menus of restaurants as well as in retail stores
These items can appeal to diners who are vegetarians and also to the growing number of consumers who may be looking to cut down on their meat consumption. The growing popularity of Impossible Burgers, due to the similar texture and taste of beef, ultimately will help the food supply chain, feed a growing world population, and reduce some of the burden on farmers and ranchers.
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