Texan-style burgers with red pepper salsa

May 13, 2015 at 11:49 am

Weighing 110g each, our Jumbo Texan Beef Burgers are very satisfying and considerably larger than ordinary high street burgers. They’re also made with a much higher meat content so they’re a great choice when you want something special for a family barbecue.

The Jumbo range includes Great British and Texan-style quarter-pounders. The difference is that the British version is simply seasoned with salt and pepper, whereas the Texan burger, with all its Mexican influences, is enlivened with a tasty blend of onion, peppers, green chillies and miscellaneous herbs and spices.

This barbecue suggestion builds on the peppery theme with a spicy salsa relish that makes a great accompaniment to a meaty summertime treat.

To serve four people, you will need:

Red pepper Salsa dip

  • Half a red pepper
  • Half a yellow pepper
  • One large tomato
  • A quarter of a cucumber
  • A quarter of an onion
  • One lemon, a clove of garlic
  • I teaspoon of paprika
  • 20ml olive oil (approx 1 tablespoon)
  • Salt and pepper & fresh chilli to taste

The method really couldn’t be easier. Just chop the vegetables, add the zest and juice of the lemon and mix in the other ingredients. Add the seasoning, spices, garlic and chilli to taste.

The result is a delicious, fresh and feisty salsa dressing that also works well as a fantastic dip for breads and tortilla chips.

 

Leicester Roadshow – Gourmet Range

April 28, 2015 at 11:24 am

In the food business, getting direct customer feedback is extremely important, particularly when you’re launching products such as our new Exotic range of gourmet half-pounder beef burgers. That’s why we were very pleased to work with one of our long-standing clients to organise a customer roadshow in Leicester.

Held on Saturday 25th April between 12 noon and 4pm the event took place at the premises of Mr Burger, a well-respected retailer and wholesaler of quality frozen foods.  We took the five variants of the Exotic burgers and staff gave out free samples for shoppers to try.

Leicester-Roadshow-Gourmet-burgers

The five flavours in the Exotic range include:

  • Mexican
  • Moroccan
  • Portuguese Piri Piri
  • South African
  • Thai

One of the most interesting findings was that there appear to be regional differences in terms of customer preference. From taster sessions in Lancashire, at the KQF Superstore and elsewhere, the most popular flavours have tended to be the Thai-style and the Moroccan beef burgers. In Leicester, however, more customers opted for the spicier flavours of the South African and Mexican varieties.

It’s good to see that all the new flavour blends have been met with a positive reaction but it’s still too early to see whether a firm national favourite is emerging. More free taster sessions will probably take place over the summer, so if you’d like to take part, please check our Twitter and Facebook pages for details of forthcoming events.

Cub Scouts Visit

April 1, 2015 at 9:02 am

You may recall that in December last year, we had a visit from a local Cub Scouts Group. Well, we enjoyed the visit so much that we decide to repeat the experience, so, on Saturday 28th March, we welcomed 25 members of the Abu Hanifah Foundation Cub Scouts Group.

Aged between 6 and 7, the cubs visited our manufacturing facility in Blackburn and were welcomed by our managing director, Faruk Vali. He gave them a quick overview of the company’s work and showed them a company video before conducting them on a tour of the factory floor.

IMG_6247One of the reasons for the children’s visit was to learn about the importance of food hygiene, which is a vital concern to food manufacturers. The cubs saw how workers prepared to enter the production area, the protective clothes they wore and the equipment they used to prevent food contamination. Staff gave a demonstration of their work and explained the processes that KQF had to follow in order to operate safely.

“It was great to have another group of cubs visit our factory,” said Faruk Vali. “It’s nice to have the opportunity to show children around and to demonstrate how seriously we take matters like hygiene and safety. The highlight, though, was our ever-popular sausage/polony-making challenge, where we show the children how it’s done and then invite them to have a go. They worked very well and received a certificate to commemorate all their hard work.”

After trying their hands at food manufacture, the scouts completed their tour by receiving a ‘goody bag’ containing polonies, sausages and KQF’s new Halal Macon Rashers and a certificate of attendance.

It was another great day with the Abu Hanifah Foundation Cub Scouts Group and we thank them all for visiting us.

Tastes of the World: The New Exotic Range

March 18, 2015 at 10:18 am

In recent weeks, we’ve been busily gearing up for a major new launch: the introduction of our Exotic range of gourmet style beef burgers. They will hit the shops on Saturday 21st March.

The watchword for the new range is ‘luxury’. The new burgers weigh a full half pound (220g) and they are made with 90% lean beef, so in terms of both quality and size, they’re leagues ahead of anything you’ll find on the high street.

The other thing that really distinguishes the Exotic range is the range of flavours. We’ve spent months developing new flavour profiles and researching customer preferences. On the strength of this work, we’ve come up with a selection of five products. They all have distinctive flavours based on authentic recipes from across the globe.

Gourmet Burgers

Gourmet Burgers

These ‘tastes of the world’ include:

  • Mexican: hot and spicy, with a wonderful smoky flavour
  • Moroccan: a subtle blend of herbs, mild spices and apricot pieces
  • Portuguese: a tangy combination of chilli, red pepper, onion, herbs and seasonings
  • South African: a distinct sharp flavour based on herbs, black pepper and cracked coriander
  • Thai: a delicious oriental mix with hints of chilli, coconut and lime

Designed for special occasions and for when you just want something really satisfying, these gourmet burgers are sold in packs of two. Like all KQF products, they are certified halal by the HMC.

In preparation for the launch, we’ve been organising some special promotions. If you’re following our Facebook or Twitter profiles, you’ll know we’ve been releasing product details each week, but now we’re stepping up a gear.

Much of our customer taste-testing has been carried out at the KQF Superstore in Blackburn so, on the day of the formal launch (Saturday 21st March) we’ll be running a free taster counter in the store. There will also be a competition/game in which customers can win FREE packs. For those who can’t visit the Blackburn store, we’ll also be running a roadshow, which will visit some of our larger retail stockists.

The new Exotic range will sit alongside our other popular halal burgers including the Classic range, our Chunky burgers  and the Jumbo/Texan quarter pounder burgers in our Premium range. You’ll find them all in the Frozen section of the KQF website.

Halal Macon Rashers

February 3, 2015 at 9:39 am

KQF Halal Certified Macon RashersIf you’ve been keeping an eye on the news, you may have heard that we’ve just launched our new range of Halal Macon Rashers – smoky slices of ready cooked beef and chicken that are delicious, convenient and certified halal by the HMC.

The launch has attracted considerable interest from the national food industry trade press but, as of this month, customers can find out for themselves what all the fuss is about.  KQF Halal Macon Rashers are now available on our website, at the KQF Superstore and via a small number of ‘pilot’ retailers.

Better yet, customers in the Blackburn area can visit the KQF Superstore on Saturday 7th February to take part in free taster sessions. The taster counter will be open from 12 to 4pm.

Macon Rashers – key details:

Beef or chicken options available.

Certified halal by the HMC.

The lighter marbling is made with lean chicken meat rather than fat.

Smoked with beech wood chips.

Served chilled and ready cooked.

Eat cold or heat briefly in a frying pan.

Suitable for sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes, pizzas and lots more.

KQF Seasonal Treats

December 10, 2014 at 10:04 am

The holiday season is almost upon us and it brings with it the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends.

If you’re catering for a get-together in the coming weeks and you want something tasty, convenient and just a little bit special, then our Premium range of burgers and sausages could be just what you’re looking for.

What Makes Our Premium Range Special?

KQF Premium Chunky Burgers

KQF Premium Chunky Burgers

Our Chunky and Texan burgers are both much bigger than high street burgers so they’re extremely satisfying – perfect for special occasions. At 80g each, our Chunky Burgers will keep even the hungriest families happy,  whilst our 110g Texan Burgers – available in a choice of beef, chicken or lamb – make for the very heartiest of meals.

But, of course, size is nothing without taste so we’ve gone to great lengths to make our Premium range utterly delicious. Offering a far higher lean meat content than anything to be found on the high street, our succulent burgers and jumbo sausages are made with the very finest ingredients, using authentic spice blends from India, South Africa and the Middle East.

Certified halal by the HMC, the whole range has been designed to be easy and convenient to cook – straight from frozen – so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with those you love.

Special Seasonal Offers

If you’d  like to try some of our Premium Burgers then please take advantage of our special seasonal offers. For a limited time, we’re offering  up to 25% reduction on the Premium Burgers, coupled with extra bonus points to make your money go even further. For more details, please call us or click here.

KQF at the BAKO Family Fun Day

August 18, 2014 at 8:57 am
KQF at the BAKO Family Fun Day

KQF at the BAKO Family Fun Day

On Sunday 3rd August 2014, KQF staff accepted an invitation from BAKO North Western to attend a Family Fun Day at the company’s headquarters in Preston. BAKO organised the event to mark its 50th year in business and KQF representatives, together with many other leading food producers, were there to join in the celebrations.

Like many of the attendees, we took the opportunity to give visitors a taste of our products and our freshly cooked KQF Premium Burgers went down a treat, as did our halal beef and chicken sausages.

The event was attended by a mix of suppliers, customers and their families, as well as BAKO staff, so it was a great opportunity to show off the KQF brand and all that we can do. Our stand in the marquee was always very busy and we attracted a wealth of positive feedback and compliments about our products.

KQF at the BAKO Family Fun Day

KQF at the BAKO Family Fun Day

In addition to food tastings, there were also many different activities and entertainments, including face painting, bouncy castles and demonstrations by confectionery experts who showed how to create edible masterpieces in the ‘BAKOry’. There was also a series of warehouse tours and even a chance for guests to test their skills on a computerised forklift simulator. On top of all that,there was plenty of cake to help celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.

KQF is an approved supplier to BAKO North West, which serves trade clients, universities and other organisations throughout the region.

KQF Superstore Prize Draw Winners

August 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm

During Ramadan, staff at the KQF Superstore in Blackburn held a free prize draw for customers. Three winners were selected at random and, on 7th August, they were presented with their gift voucher prizes by superstore manager Ilyas Akubat.

First prize (£50 voucher): Mrs F.  Bhamjee

Second prize (£30 voucher): Mrs Z. Rashid

Third prize (£20 voucher): Mr Z. Butt

VCD_0003e  VCD_0005e     KQF Superstore prize draw winners

Congratulations to the winners. Don’t forget to check this blog for details of future prize draws, give-aways and promotions.

Our third prize winner, Zahir Butt said “He was very pleased to win the prize draw”. He added “If you like Halal foods, love KQF foods”.

BRC Rating

July 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

In June this year, KQF underwent a thorough audit to check that over the course of the year, all our processes have remained consistent with our ‘Grade A’ rating

under the British Retail Consortium quality standard for food.

We passed the audit with ‘zero non-conformities’.

KQF managing director, Faruk Vali said: “I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the staff who contributed towards this important achievement. Special appreciation is owed to all the office admin staff, who provide the backbone support for our hard-working Quality Team.”

 

Meeting Europe’s Need for Halal Foods

June 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

In previous posts, we’ve reported seeing increasing European demand for foods with reliable halal credentials. This is in line with economic forecasts which suggest that the EU market for halal foods should continue to grow steadily in the coming years. (The market is currently worth around $30 billion in total and its annual growth rate is estimated at approximately 15%.*)

Now, we are seeing even more evidence that this is the case.