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History

History of AAK

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History

AarhusKarlshamn UK Ltd (AAK) began life as Anglia Oils in 1982. The business was established in the UK as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Danish company Aarhus Olie, a world leader in speciality fats.

Here are some key dates in the company’s history in manufacturing food service supplies and bakery ingredients.

1982
Anglia Oils is established at King George Dock, Hull, East Yorkshire. The business, which was formed with the intention of marketing Palm Oil and its products in the UK, begins trading the following year.

1989
Anglia Oils begins manufacturing ‘Prep’ frying oils and ‘Whirl’ butter alternatives for foodservice on behalf of Proctor and Gamble. The brands were fully acquired in 1997.

2000
Chalice Foods, the specialist producer of sauces, tapenades and dressings, were acquired and production moves to Hull.

2000
Acquisition of the Rowallan Creamery, one of the UK’s leading manufactures of margarines and shortenings for the bakery industry. Production is transferred to Hull in 2002.

2003
As part of a group initiative, the company’s name is changed to Aarhus United to move in line with the global corporate identity.

2003
A new range of speciality oils is launched into the retail sector under the Chalice brand.

2005
Aarhus United merges with Karlshamn AB to create AarhusKarlshamn AB – AarhusKarlshamn UK Ltd in the UK. Karlshamn AB could trace its roots in Hull back to seed crushing businesses established by local entrepreneurs in the mid 19th Century. In 2005 Karlshamn’s flaked fats production is moved from Formby, near Liverpool, to Hull.

2006
Karlshamn’s Hull production is wound down and manufacturing is moved to King George Dock.

2006
The wet division of Lion Foods, which produces condiments, dressings and sauces, is acquired. Its extensive production and warehousing facilities are retained in Runcorn.

2007
Lion brand products are re-packaged and re-launched in the UK foodservice sector.

2008
The new foodservice brand ‘Prep Premium’ is launched in the UK and is first to market with Infused oils in 1L catering packs.

2008
Lion brand products re-packaged and re-launched in the UK retail sector.

2008
AarhusKarlshamn UK Ltd updates its logo and launches a new corporate identity. 

2008
AAK UK Ltd secures Europe’s first shipment of sustainably produced crude palm oil.

2009
Trading begins in GreenPalm Certificates. The GreenPalm programme, which promotes the production of certified sustainable palm oil, was established by AAK UK Ltd in conjunction with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

2010
AAK UK Ltd crowned Hull Daily Mail Business of the Year

2011
AAK UK Ltd introduces RSPO certified sustainable palm oil into entire bakery fats range.

2011
AAK UK Ltd launches Fullolife, a new range of nutritional oil-based supplements for animals.

2012
AAK Bakery Services based in Oldham closes seeing it's production transfer to the King George Dock site in Hull.

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