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OSI Food Solutions: Presenting a Pallet of Palates

OSI Food Solutions amplifies success in culinary service delivery by recognizing environmental and social trends then tailoring their recipes to attune accordingly. The company started as the ‘go to’ for Germans and other eastern European immigrants for the best quality butchered and charcuterie meats that reminded them of home. Established in 1909 as a limited liability corporate entity, Otto’s Meat Market was founded by Otto Kolschowsky. His sons came of age to assist and they became known as Otto & Sons circa 1928. In the mid-1970’s, the popular food provider took on the name OSI Industries, LLC having benefited exponentially from the collaboration with Ray Kroc’s McDonald’s of the 1950’s. With its original headquarters still in Aurora, Illinois, USA, today OSI Food Solutions serves the global palate in partnership with other business ventures that are keen on service, quality, and safety.

Location, Location, Location

OSI Food Solutions operates out of 65 locations in 17 countries including Germany, Spain, Australia, China, Japan, The Netherlands, Denmark, and the UK. The company serves as source, processor, and transporter of its award winning recipes. Within the USA you can find its shops in Illinois, California, Iowa, Utah, and Wisconsin. Some of the more popular restaurant chains that depend on the company’s dependability, consistency, and flexibility include Starbucks, McDonald’s, Subway, and Papa John’s Pizza. The company prides itself on its nearly ubiquitous placement strategies that serve for enhanced accessibility among the other key factors in the delicate formula of food delivery service. Similarly, its reputation toward versatility and reliability helps provide a solid financial framework and contribution to local economies across the globe.

Food As Chemistry

Through the workmanship of the chefs and staff at its Culinary Innovation Center (CIC) also located in Aurora, OSI Food Solutions addresses the desires of its global clientele and the many palates they serve. Do you want to know whether the flavor of lime will mesh well with your taco or cheese dish and in which markets, TexMex or southeast Asia would enjoy it more? Have you wondered about an otherwise common recipe that you often tweak with fennel and garlic as to whether your restaurant’s customer base would appreciate it as much as your family and friends? CIC is where the magic happens to help you ascertain ingredients’ impact on one another on entrees featuring pork, beef, chicken, potatoes, vegetables, buffalo, goat, lamb, eggs, and cheese. Their culinary chemists apply their expertise regarding the various palates of the world, determining which palates, medium or average tasters, non-tasters, or supertasters with their cultural acquisition of flavor preferences, some sweet, some bitter, some spicy, some salty, and others a combination, would receive which ingredients most welcomingly. CIC’s experts can help your restaurant determine whether a dish requiring certain ingredients is best served using venison, mature beef, or lamb. Likewise, their CIC research and development teams advise the company’s clients regarding the best options for retaining flavorful offerings depending on their restaurants plan to serve up the food tableside using a flaming spectacle of culinary flair, or microwave it and deliver it in a hotbox, or some process along that spectrum.

Relationships With Food

OSI Food Solutions also distinguishes itself via its development of close relationships with all of its global partners at the regional level. Their managerial teams maintain awareness and local presence for immediate appreciation of flavor trends. While some dishes remain somewhat sacred culturally (imagine someone adding lamb chunks to the American Apple Pie), others experience a regular flux of flavor designs without backlash. The use of social media and digital connections to assess trends and maintain communication has its perks. But the presence of mind, body, and palate trumps remote reviews. But OSI doesn’t stop there. The company was recently rewarded honors for their due diligence regarding global sustainability having reduced its energy consumption by over 20%. With an historical success rate peppered with accolades and surpassing most among its peers as one of the largest, private corporations of the USA, that’s still nothing to sneeze at.