SK People - John Parker

SK People – John Parker

Mention Christmas to anyone in February and you would get a funny look, but at this time of year John Parker is already full of festive spirit.

That’s because in his role as a Commercial Manager at SK Chilled Foods, he is already planning for Christmas 2018.

This month, for instance, he has already met his supermarket customers to discuss the products they are likely to be supplying at Christmas.

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Christmas period

Christmas period

SK Chilled Foods has just experienced the busiest Christmas period in its 30-year history.

In 2017, we produced over 50 separate Christmas party food products for supermarkets, covering Oriental, Indian, Med, Tex-Mex and traditional cuisines.

In total, 3.3 million cases of chilled food were delivered to supermarkets in the 12 weeks leading up to the end of the Christmas ‘season’ on 30th December.

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New Product Development Technologists

New Product Development Technologists

Four New Product Development Technologists recently started working for SK Chilled Foods.

They are Katherine Lenderyou, Michael Thackeray, Lydia Akrami and Juliet Watson.

The quartet have each been assigned their own supermarket customers and will be involved in every aspect of developing new food products from the idea stage to the shop floor.

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Food manufacturer of the year

Food manufacturer of the year

SK Chilled Foods has been named Food Manufacturer of the Year.

We also scooped the title of Chilled Manufacturing of the Year in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, which were held in London this week.

The two awards, regarded as the Oscars of the food manufacturing world, recognised the technical innovation that resulted in SK making record sales of £60 million last year.

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SK People - Paul Dales

SK People – Paul Dales

When you have ‘High Risk’ in your job title, you know what you do has to be taken seriously.

And as a High Risk Supervisor working at our South Bank site, that’s exactly what Paul Dales does.

Paul’s role is to ensure that all the correct procedures are being followed in relation to food safety and hygiene. And when you consider how much food we produce and how many millions of people eat it across the UK, then, yes, high risk is definitely the correct name for his job.

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SK People - Adam McFarlane

SK People – Adam McFarlane

Adam McFarlane is part of the “Food Police” at SK Foods.

That’s his own definition of the role he undertakes as a Quality Assurance (QA) Auditor, based at our South Bank site.

Adam is responsible for ensuring that all the correct procedures are being followed in the production of our food. This covers everything from ensuring the refrigerators are all at the right temperature, through to ensuring the packaging is exactly how the customer specified.

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Chris Collins

SK People – Chris Collins

If there’s anything you need to know about an onion bhaji, Chris Collins is your man.

That’s because as part of his role as a Team Leader on the production line at our South Bank site, he is responsible for ensuring the bhaji lines run smoothly.

When you consider we produce 200,000 bhajis a day, you will understand why his role is so important.
He’s become so knowledgeable that if you lined up all the bhajis we do for our supermarket customers, based on the look, taste and smell, he would be able to tell you exactly which bhaji is sold in which supermarket.

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Stephanie Bell

SK People – Stephanie Bell

Stephanie Bell compares the process of pitching food to supermarkets to an audition process.

She says there are some similarities between her current role as an New Product Development (NPD) Manager for SK Chilled Foods and the audition process which an Actor would undertake.

That’s because she often finds herself in front of an audience at an ‘audition’, but in her case, it’s food which is bidding for the leading role.

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Emma Bell (1)

SK People – Emma Bell

It’s a good job Emma Bell has Sky+ with a lot of memory, because she needs it for all the food-related shows she records.

From Great British Menu to Masterchef, her planner is always crammed full and that’s not just because she enjoys watching cooking shows.

The main reason is that in her role as a New Product Development Manager for SK Foods, she is always looking for inspiration for “that next big thing”.

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I wish it could be christmas every day

I wish it could be Christmas every day

Staff at SK Chilled Foods don’t need to wish it could be Christmas every day, because it practically is!

Last Christmas was the company’s busiest and most successful ever, with over 50 different products being supplied to most of the UK’s largest supermarkets chains. This included:

  • 3.2 million packs of food supplied to UK supermarkets from October to December.
  • Over 7.1 million pieces of breaded cheese ‘bites’ made
  • 4.7 million duck spring rolls produced

Whilst the thought of Christmas food this early in the year may be too much for many to stomach, in the SK development kitchen they have already started developing the products that people will be eating in 2017.

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