The new recruitment drive follows the most successful year in the company’s 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 roles include engineers and quality auditors and managers.
The company also recently completed work on a £1.7m, 5,188ft2 extension to one of its production sites to increase capacity.
Jeremy Faulkner, managing director of SK Chilled Foods, said: “We are coming off the back of our most successful year in our 30-year history and, in order to keep up with the demand for our products, we are investing in new infrastructure and staff.
“The work we recently completed to our South Bank site has further increased the size of that facility, enabling us to add greater capacity for our cooked fillings, sauces and baked products.
“It has also provided a new open-plan office space and tasting suite, where we sample the products to ensure they meet our exacting standards.
“This expansion means we are in the nice position of being able to create 30 new jobs for local people; jobs which are very varied and will cement our position as one of the largest employers in Teesside.”
SK Chilled Foods makes ethnic snacks and accompaniments for meals and own-label party food for the UK’s biggest supermarkets, as well as restaurant chains and foodservice companies.
Faulkner added: “We employ 735 staff and every single member of our team plays a crucial part in SK Chilled Foods being one of the leaders in the UK chilled foods manufacturing industry.
“We’re already well into the planning our ranges for 2019, including Christmas, and we’re hoping that, with the extra investment in our facilities and staff, this year will be even better for SK.”
The business recently won the Chilled, Fresh & Dairy Manufacturing Company of the Year and Partnership of the Year Award at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards. The two national awards recognised the technical innovation that resulted in the company making record sales in 2018.