Coffee

Wake up and smell the coffee

Wake up and smell the coffee.

How many times do you see on social media or hear someone say: “I’ll be fine once I’ve had my coffee….”? Plenty, that’s how many.

Coffee is something of an obsession with us Brits and we don’t seem to mind shelling out for it in any number of variations. Ten years ago, there were around 10,000 places to get a cup of Joe in the UK. Since then there’s been staggering growth in the market.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Doughnut

Doughnut

Could a doughnut be any more perfect?

It’s portable and easy to eat on the go. It’s delicious, obviously. And it’s just got a little bit better too…the humble doughnut is not so humble any more. It’s bright pink and favoured by one of the world’s favourite fathers. Homer Simpson….

That’s right, Krispy Kreme (who know a thing or two about doughnuts, it’s fair to say) have just launched an homage to Homer. The Simpsons D’ohnut has arrived. It’s resplendently pink and covered in sprinkles, just like the ones Homer so enjoys. It’s an Original Glazed, but dipped in white chocolate truffle and with a hint of strawberry flavour. How good does that sound?

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Easter

Easter

With Easter coming up, we thought long and hard this week for another subject to write about for the blog…we really did.

Alternative Easter feasts, creative ways with lamb, etc….we thought about them all, honest!

But we kept getting distracted by chocolate eggs. The wanting to eat them now is weighing heavily on our minds (and will no doubt weight heavily on our hips later in April) and we just…can’t….turn….away.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Spam Appreciation Week

Spam Appreciation Week

It’s Spam Appreciation Week. Yes, it actually exists!

In the days before Spam was a term for annoying emails, it was more synonymous as a brand name for canned cooked meat.

Keeping the troops marching through the Second World War, Spam (or to give its correct styling, SPAM), was a name everyone knew.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
The Great SK Menu

The Great SK Menu

Forget The Great British Menu; it was all about The Great SK Menu this week.

Ahead of a visit from some VIPs, we transformed the meeting room in our northern head office into a ‘pop up’ restaurant, the very exclusive Wellington House.

Like most of the fine dining establishments trying to make a booking was impossible; this was purely invite only and if your name wasn’t down you were definitely not getting in!

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Katie Beaumont
Marketing & Communications Executive of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
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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Katie Beaumont
Marketing & Communications Executive of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Burns Night

Burns Night

Next Thursday, Scotland will celebrate Burns Night and a large proportion of the population will sit down to a Burns Night supper to celebrate the birth of the country’s favourite poet, Robert (Rabbie) Burns.

Given our propensity to piggyback on other country’s celebrations (I give you St Patrick’s Day as the perfect example) no doubt many people in other parts of the UK will also take part.

But that’s no bad thing given it gives us the opportunity to sample some of Scotland’s finest food, and yes, we are including haggis in that.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Veganuary

Veganuary

The organisers of Veganuary were very clever when they set up this awareness month a few years ago.

Granted, the only other option, if it was about fitting in with the name of the month, was to have it in February (Veganuly just doesn’t right does it?) but January really is the perfect time.

After all, with the excess of the Christmas season (and let’s face it this is getting longer each year) people are ready to do something different, hence why Dry January has become so popular, although you will not find this chef taking part as this month is miserable enough without alcohol to get you through it!

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Jane Beesley
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017 is approaching and we were not surprised to discover this week that the average consumer in the UK will spend £23 on Halloween-related sweets, food, decorations and costumes.

You only have to look in any supermarket to see how popular ‘All Hallows Eve’ has become in the UK in recent years.

It has always been a big thing for our American friends across the Pond and it’s a little surprising that it took us so long to catch up.

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
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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Katie Beaumont
Marketing & Communications Executive of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.