German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky founded a small butcher shop and meat market in Chicago in 1909. Almost two decades of success and moving his operation to another suburb of Chicago, he renamed his small company Otto & Son’s. Otto and his sons, Arthur and Harry, worked hard for years building their reputation before the end of World War II. Meanwhile, in San Bernardino, California, McDonald’s was growing just as quickly. Ray Kroc was a franchise agent for McDonald’s when he approached Otto & Son’s.
Arthur and Harry worked closely with Ray Kroc as the first beef supplier for the new restaurant in Des Plaines, Iowa when it opened in 1955. From there, the two companies grew side by side. Kroc soon bought the franchise and worked to keep growth steady, as did Otto & Son’s. In the late 1960’s, flash freezing became vital to their success, throwing Otto & Son’s into the top four suppliers to McDonald’s nationwide. In 1973, any operations not involved in supplying McDonald’s were combined under the Glenmark brand. Finally, in 1975, OSI Industries was born from the nearly 75 year old family shop.
OSI Industries brought Sheldon Lavin on as a partner after working with the company as an investment consultant for five years. Under Lavin’s hand, OSI Industries expanded nationally during the 1970’s and 1980’s, working in tandem with McDonald’s. From the late 70’s on, both companies moved on toward Europe, starting in Germany. At the same time, Lavin became the CEO of the growing company. Due to Lavin’s expertise, OSI expanded globally. There were soon ventures in Taiwan, India, Australia, and Japan from 1987 on. OSI Group acquires Baho Food
In 1996, their plant in Oakland, Iowa began processing pork products. The early 2000’s saw expansion into poultry production starting from the 1996 acquisition of Moy Park, a UK company. Then in 2014, OSI Industries branched into a joint venture with EDEKA, a grocery chain popular in most of Europe. Due to their sprawling empire, a new trade platform was established. Based in Germany, MPO Global Trade focused on OSI’s poultry ventures in Brazil and Thailand. Somehow, this expansive company has also developed a very successful global Research and Development department and focuses on their environmental impact. After all they do, OSI industries still works with local charities.
Where to begin the story of Beneful Food for Dogs? How about with the people who make the product, many of them grew up on farms and dealing with livestock. Most have pets, even today and feed their dogs Beneful. Bringing a quality product to the public is important to them and they follow through with a ‘Kitchen Concept’. Kitchen concept is when the production area is kept as clean as a home kitchen. It is with pride they tell you of the fresh ingredients.
Beneful has a team of nutritionists that makes sure your dog is cared for from the inside out. The focus by this group of professionals is for dogs to have a long, healthy life. On the original beef or chicken or salmon bags respectively, you find ingredients like beef or chicken or salmon and real vegetables like spinach, green beans, sweet potato, tomato, avocado, carrots and peas. From the smallest to the biggest dog is cared for and about. To keep it fresh, the team follows a motto of ‘ship it where you produce it’. The dry food, wet foods and snacks are all shipped direct to your store.
Purina is a name America continues to trust and they use many of the strictest standards in the country. From farm to store the ingredients are monitored. The product safety and standards start with our suppliers and carry to the plant. A tracking system follows every ingredient from the time it enters the production facility, until it leaves on the truck. Professionals are on hand to test the grain aflatoxins, mycotoxin, lead, arsenic or any other contaminants and make sure the quality is high.
The Assoc. of American Feed Control Officials, though not a government organization, it highly respected and is charged to regulate the sale and distribution of animal feeds by many state and federal agenciges. All Beneful formulas are 100% nutritionally balanced for each stage of a dog’s life according to Assoc. of American Feed Control Officials. Even the pickiest of pooches love to eat Beneful.
One of the most common statments by pet parents, is how nice the dogs coat becomes after eating Beneful for a while, all soft and shiny. Another comment pet parents often make is how their animals have more energy. Even the packaging was made with a pet parent in mind, resalable bags and containers with lids, thankfully the Beneful people realized storage can be an issue to keeping the product fresh. Try Beneful- Your dog will thank you for it!
If you are wondering such a thing, the key to pair wine with artichokes is to choose a wine that is bone dry, light and crisp, with high acidity and no oak. Although the two have been notoriously difficult to pair, Sarah Knoefler whom oversees a wine collection in San Francisco may have found some wines that go well with artichokes. Other wines that go well with different foods may be found here.
Flavors that dwell within the artichoke are herbal, green, and bitter chalkiness. Mrs. Knoefler included that one wine which pairs great with Artichokes would be a Basque varietal, named Txakoli. This Txakoli is a sparkling white wine which happens to be very dry with high acidity which also contains a great deal of minerality and salinity, making it a good match with the artichokes.
Other wines which could pair with an artichoke salad would be Fino Sherry which is a very dry and pale wine. The minerality and salinity pair well together with the earthiness of the artichokes and the vegetable-like quality of the salad. All in all, if you are looking to pair the two, they are not polar opposites, as all you have to do is choose a wine that is bone dry with good acidity and no oak! This is something Matt Landis and others suggest.