Flagship Europe is one of the UK’s most important meat distribution companies as a supplier of poultry and other made-to-order food products. It was just bought out by OSI Group, a meat processor and supplier that has supplied finished products to fast food restaurants and supermarket chains all across the globe.
Russell Maddock, the CEO of Flagship Europe is thrilled about the increased funding and resources Flagship Europe has in this acquisition, which has really functioned more like a partnership and he looks forward to working closely with OSI Group leaders Sheldon Lavin and David McDonald.
OSI Group was formerly known as Otto & Sons due to its founding by Otto Kolschowsky back in 1909. At that time it was just a butcher shop in a quiet Chicago neighborhood, but the Kolschowsky’s values on family and hard work helped make this shop one of Chicago’s finest meat producing companies. As Otto & Sons grew, it started acquiring large meat factories and enhancing its presence across the US. McDonalds CEO Ray Kroc chose Otto & Sons to be the restaurant chain’s first meat supplier, and many years later OSI Group added several other well-known fast food chains to that list.
OSI Group has done well in foreign markets because it’s connected to merchants who know their local customers and their needs. They also adhere to strong environmental and employee safety guidelines and have received notable awards for doing so. OSI Group is also active in philanthropy and makes annual donations to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Foundation.