New jobs

New jobs

An award-winning Teesside company which makes chilled food for the UK’s biggest supermarkets is seeking to create dozens of new jobs as demand for its products continues to increase.

SK Chilled Foods is undertaking a major recruitment drive on the back of its most successful year in its history, including a busy Christmas and new year period which saw it produce over 30 million pieces of party food, in addition to its core products.

The company also recently completed work on a £1.7 million, 5,188 square-feet extension to one of its production sites to create more capacity.

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Julie Knight

SK People – Julie Knight

Julie Knight describes herself as a Social Worker, Headmistress and friend to her colleagues at SK Foods.

Or they are the roles she undertakes during any ‘typical’ day in her role as Head of HR for SK Chilled Foods, if indeed such a thing exists!

She equates the workforce at SK to one big family and her role is to take care of it, offering support and advice when needed and disciplining when necessary!

Julie has held this role since 2017, but her SK journey began some 19 years ago…

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Two awards

Two awards

SK Chilled Foods has scooped two awards in the food industry’s ‘Oscars’.

We walked away with the Chilled, Fresh & Dairy Manufacturing Company of the Year and Partnership of the Year award at the prestigious Food Manufacture Excellence Awards in London.

The two awards recognised the technical innovation that resulted in SK making record sales last year.

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Food and nutrition students

NPD – The Next Generation

By Benna Davis, SK Chilled Foods Head of Development

Benna Davis
Benna Davis

What ambitions do today’s food and nutrition students have for their futures? Where do they see themselves working? Do they know all the options open to them?

They may be considering a career in dietetics or thinking about becoming a nutritionist perhaps. What might have not occurred to them is to consider New Product Development or NPD within the food industry as a career move.

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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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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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Food and nutrition students

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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