Plant Power Day

Plant Power Day

There are some strange food awareness days, National Tartar Sauce Day and National Melba Toast Day to name just a few hundred, but one day which deserves to be recognised is Plant Power Day.

Not so long ago, you would have recoiled at the thought of a day which is about eating plants, I mean what’s nice about digesting a conifer?

We are obviously now much better educated and of course we are talking about a vegan diet that focuses around foods derived from plant sources. This can include fruit, vegetables, grains, pulses, legumes, nuts and meat substitutes such as soy products.

The rise in meat-free plant-based diets is incredible.

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John Connell
Development & Innovations Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Real Bread Week

Real Bread Week

At the start of Real Bread Week, let’s begin with a question.

True or false. The smell of freshly baked bread can help to sell a house?

Well, according to a recent survey, the answer is true.

In that survey, 86% of people said the smell of a house could be the difference between putting in an offer or not, with bread (35%) being the smell most likely to seal the deal.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
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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Katie Beaumont
Marketing & Communications Executive of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Another Millennium Bug

Another Millennium Bug?

Do you remember the Millennium Bug?

As we approached the year 2000, there was genuine fears that the worldwide computer systems around the world would not be able to cope with the numerical change.

Doomsday ‘preppers’ predicted the end of the world, where planes would fall from the sky and nuclear missiles would launch on their own.

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

Nutella

It was world Nutella day earlier this week and the internet was awash with stories and recipes about this chocolate spread created by an Italian baker in the 1940s and now an international phenomenon.

Our favourite story was about how a member of the Royal family (we are guessing it was one of the younger ones and not the Queen) is rumoured to use Nutella as a face cream. There’s even a demonstration on one newspaper’s website –  – who says hard news journalism is dead?

There’s also interesting facts like how Nutella outsells Marmite in the UK (is that a surprise?), that one jar of the spread is sold ever 2.5 seconds worldwide and that someone even invented a lock to stop people stealing his spread.

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2019

Chinese New Year is upon us again and chances are that if you are in any of the main UK supermarkets this weekend looking to stock up in time for 5th February (the official start of the year of the pig), you will be buying food made by our own fair hands.

Preparation for the 2019 Chinese New Year actually began in the development kitchen over a year ago and we’re already planning, believe it or not, for 2020. A year’s a long time in new product development!
But, back to this year.

Apparently, if you were born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2017 and 2019 (all years of the pig) you are in for an unlucky 12 months, but on that basis, let’s not put our fate in the hands of the zodiac and just concentrate on the food shall we?

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

Peanut butter

Do you know that peanut butter has overtaken jam as Britain’s favourite breakfast spread?

This is very apt given today (24th Jan) is National Peanut Butter Day.

Granted, it’s an American event, which is not surprising given our cousins across the Pond eat 3 pounds of peanut butter per person every year. That’s about 700 million pounds, or enough to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon!

But, it’s just as much flavour of the month in the UK.

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Chris Brown
Sous Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
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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Katie Beaumont
Marketing & Communications Executive of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Party food

Party food

Are you getting ready to consume your own weight in party food over the festive season?

It’s the one time of the year where the diet really does go out the window so having studied and tasted (it’s a hard job etc..) the party food ranges of the main UK supermarkets over the last few weeks, we thought we would give you some pointers.

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Development & Innovation Chef of SK Foods. Your food. Our Passion.
Expensive taste

Expensive taste

Do you recall the scene in Pulp Fiction when John Travolta’s character asks Uma Thurman’s character whether she had just ordered a $5 milk shake, suggesting she had expensive taste?

He tastes the drink and declares it to be pretty ‘bleeping’ good, although he is still not sure whether it’s worth five bucks.

Granted, 20-plus years have passed, so a $5 milk shake would seem cheap compared to what you pay these days, but we’re setting up the story so bear with us.

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