AAK UK Limited – which manufactures and supplies edible oils, fats, semi-speciality oil ingredients, sauces, dressings, condiments and mayonnaise – has signed up as a Hull 2017 Business Club partner to support Hull’s year as UK City of Culture.
The business, based at Hull’s King George Dock, employs 300 people and is one of the UK’s largest manufacturing facilities for speciality and semi-speciality oils and fats. Together with its sister site in Runcorn, Cheshire, it works closely with customers to co-develop new products for Bakery, Dairy, Infant Nutrition, Chocolate and Confectionery, Foodservice and Retail.
The timing of Hull 2017 is perfect for AAK, which has shared roots in Aarhus, the Danish port city that this year is the European Capital of Culture.
Rachel Neale, UK City of Culture champion at AAK UK, said: “It’s a joint celebration for us in Hull and for our colleagues in Denmark, as we mark both Hull 2017 and Aarhus 2017 in the same year.
“Aarhus and Hull have long histories in common. AAK UK itself began life in 1982 as Anglia Oils, a UK subsidiary of Aarhus United, an oils company based in the Danish city.
“Later, Aarhus United and Swedish firm Karlshamn AB merged to create the global company, AAK, and the links between Aarhus and Hull are still strong.
“How incredible that we’re both embarking on a year of celebrating culture and creating lasting legacies for our cities. Here at AAK there was no way we were missing out on being right at the heart of Hull 2017.”
AAK has planned a year of activities and events, including exhibitions, galleries and competitions to celebrate employees’ creative talents.
Rachel said Season 1 of the Hull 2017 programme struck a chord with AAK, as the Made In Hull theme was one close to the business’s heart.
“At AAK we supply adding value ingredients, vegetable oils and finished products to all the main retailers and food manufacturers, and too many leading pub and restaurant chains – yet not many people in Hull know what we do.
“This year is a perfect opportunity to show our local community how much of what they eat and use is ‘made in Hull’, and how proud we are of our city. At the same time, we’re rewarding staff for their hard work and loyalty by encouraging them to get together and celebrate this pivotal year in Hull’s history.”
Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2107, added: “It is very fitting that AAK – which makes products in the city that are supplied to 35 countries – has joined us during our Made In Hull season, which celebrates the many things that the city has contributed to the world.
“Our partnership with AAK will complement our links with Aarhus 2017 as well as the work we are doing with Danish artists throughout the programme.”
Rachel Neale added: “As a key employer in the city of Hull, AAK is extremely proud to be supporting Hull 2017 and we look forward to an outstanding year for our city.”