1955 - 1973
Otto & Sons’ big break occurred when it became the trusted local supplier of beef patties to McDonald’s in 1955.
The company changed its name to OSI Industries.
To fulfill its mission of becoming a global food manufacturer and supplier, OSI now has more than 65 facilities and employees 20,000 in 17 countries, including Australia.
Despite having no experience in the industry, Sam gathered all the knowledge he could and after returning briefly to Italy in 1969 to marry his fiancée, Maria, the couple set up a permanent home in Melbourne and made plans to start their own business. By 1976, they had rented a small shed in South Morang, north of Melbourne, and began processing 300 chickens per week by hand.
With a reputation for personalised service and a premium quality product, the business grew rapidly and the young couple found themselves having to employ more people and move premises to accommodate for this expansion. In 1992, a purpose built processing plant was commissioned bringing the European method of ‘Air Chilling’ to Australia. This unique processing method remains a point of difference for the business today.
By 1976, they had rented a small shed in South
Morang and began processing 300 chickens per
week by hand.
Throughout the growth phase, the business strategy focused on becoming fully self-sufficient and vertically integrated. A huge step towards this was taken in 1998 when a decision was made to commence growing live birds, with another milestone being reached in 2009 and 2013 with the acquisition of Golden Farms and farming assets, giving the business it’s breeder and hatching facilities.
A purpose built processing plant was commissioned bringing the European method of ‘Air Chilling’ to Australia.
In 2018, an opportunity presented itself which aligned with the Cuteri family’s vision for the future. As a result, a decision was made to enter into a merger with a like-minded company, OSI International Foods (Australia). Each an expert in their own field, this merger satisfies the longer term shared goal of the two entities to become one of Australia’s leading food manufacturers.