OSI Group, a company that was founded in 1909, is the original supplier of beef patties to McDonalds. Their relationship stretches back to 1955 when the first of this fast-food chain’s franchises opened in Des Plaines, Illinois. Today, OSI Group is one of the biggest food producers in the world. Impossible Foods is a much newer company that has struggled to meet the demand for its plant-based patties that taste exceedingly similar to beef. This especially became the case when top Burger King decided they will offer Impossible Burgers at all of their locations in the United States. The Impossible Foods production facility in Oakland, California, has been working overtime to meet demand with only limited success. Impossible Foods and OSI Group have now teamed up.
OSI has installed equipment in one of its 65 facilities that will exclusively produce Impossible Burgers. Both companies are going to invest in OSI’s other food production facilities so that eventually all of them will be able to produce Impossible Burgers. President Dennis Woodside of Impossible Foods said that the growth his company has experienced is real and sustainable. He hadn’t planned for Impossible Burgers to be as successful as they have been and so didn’t have the facilities in place they would need to meet demand. Given OSI’s history, he was asked if Impossible Burgers would be sold at McDonalds. He said there were no plans to do so but anything could happen in the future.
In this partnership to co-manufacturer Impossible Burgers, Impossible Foods retains all of its intellectual property rights. His company’s patties will also be manufactured in a separate area apart from OSI’s meat product manufacturing. OSI makes food for multiple competing restaurant chains, so Dennis Woodside said it had the experience he was looking for. This partnership will help Impossible Foods retain and grow their market share. They would have lost market share if they continued to not be able to meet demand. Getting their patties out quickly is very important given that big food producers like Tyson Foods are entering the plant-based burger industry. Click here.