I just love this photo – so funny … only had to borrow the wording from it for this post.
No horse or horse – it has been the hot topic for over weeks now since they in UK found horse meat in Findus frozen lasagne and labelled as beef.
I would eaten their lasagne with horse meat, but is should have been labelled correctly. Now it was their French manufacture that made the booboo and Findus has got some rapping for this – and rightly so. They are now sued in both UK and Sweden, but it could be more countries. And Findus are suing their French manufacture of course. The affair has been up the EU parliament – so HOT hot tropic.
Findus produce and manufacture all their products in Bjuv, a community outside Helsingborg and Landkskrona – except their dishes with minced meat.
What I understand that there is more suppliers to UK supermarkets that has now been raided and horse meat has been found in products.
I dare to say that it’s very difficult for people to tell the difference between horse and beef, as a chef I would know .. but not only through looking at it quickly. Horse meat is a very learn meat. If any one has eaten tacos in Mexico has probably eaten horse meat.
We have a nice cold cut meat – that we call “Hamburger Meat” – it comes original from Hamburg (there of the name) in Germany and is smoked horse meat. Personally I love it.
Findus – has been around so long as I have been around – and I love their products of frozen vegetables and herbs. They are absolutely brilliant product and when you can make a frozen stir fry mix that is still crunchy as a fresh when being cooked, you’re good on what you’re doing.
Marabou, our national chocolate manufacture bought Skånska Frukt-vin & Likörfabriken (Skånska Fruit-Wine & Liquor factory) in Bjuv in 1941 and the company got the name Findus – it’s taken from the letters of the old company name.
In 1945 Findus starting launching frozen food – a pioneer in Sweden – the technology had already been in existence for about 15 years over in US, where supermarket have revolutionized.
In 1948 they developed canned baby food and soups. 1950 they launched frozen fish and children gruel and the same year their frozen products was out in 1500 stores.
Nestle bought the company in 1962 and formed Findus International Food and Marabou kept 20% of the share.
2006 the Findus Group was sold to the British investment company FoodVest Ldt, that also own Youngs’s Bluecrest Seafood Ltd. 2009 completely destroyed the company’s factory in Tyneside in northern England in a fire.
2012 the police were notified that Findus had caused an extensive fish dead in a local river, Vegån, caused by discharges of oxygen-consuming residues from the pea farming at the plat in Bjuv. And shortly after the first incident the trout population nearby also had been hit and when it came out that Findus tired to hide the incident by clearing away the fishes. The whole thing is now reported to the police. But it’s still unclear what really happened with the fish and who is to blame.
Economy – end of year 2011 (text: sv.wikipedia.org)
Turnover ▼ 2.838 billion SEK
Operating income ▼ 132.694000000 SEK
Profit after tax ▼ 106.015000000 SEK
Assets ▲ 9.25 billion SEK
Equity ▲ 3.446 billion SEK
850 people works in Sweden for Findus.
For me as living alone and travelling back and forward to my mum a couple times per month – Findus frozen vegetables is a blessing. Like my stir fry, but If I had to buy fresh vegetables for a stir fry meal .. that means I would had to eat stir fry for days or I have to waste it.
Also what ever chef’s say about fresh herbs – there will never be the same flavor in a fresh herb as in a frozen .. because of the juice that is created in the chopping and freezing process. When we buy fresh herbs when do they real smell anything??? At least not the ones I can buy in supermarket. Findus has solved that problem: red chilli, garlic, chives, Italian herb mix, Herbs de Provencal, basil, parsley and dill. I always use fresh garlic and parsley – but the rest of the products I always have at home. I also notice now that they have launched an Asian herb mix – just have to try it.
Other products I always have in my freezer is their “Warm Greek Salad” & “Italian Pesto” – two truly outstanding products.
Their “The Green Deli Italian Pesto” had been inspired by vegetables that breaks sugar peas, broccoli and peas and authentic flavours of Italy. Did you know that in Italy is the country in the world to eat mostly green peas per person.
I use “Italian Pesto” as a side salad that I mix in with pasta and chicken or bacon, hamburger and salmon.
“The Green Deli Greek Warm Salad” is a mixture of vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, broken sugar peas, spinach and tastes like black olives and cheese from Greece. Did you know that a traditional cold Greek Salad contains anchovies – but it does not Findus Greek Warm Salad.
“Greek Warm Salad” I often as a side dish to chicken of course, veal or lamb – or I mix it with pasta.
Today they manufacture frozen vegetables ready meals, soups, bread, buns, salads, fish and herbs (that I adore) – but they also do grocery products like mayonnaise, soups, jams, sauces and pickled vegetables. I going to stick my neck out now and say that Findus is one of the most advanced and creative manufactures in the world when it’s about frozen vegetables.
I would say it’s very hard to not find any Findus products in a Swedish household. We breath … we eat and we enjoy Findus. Tough on the horses – but the cows get a chance to breath.
“A horse! a horse! My kingdom for a horse!”
William Shakespeare, “Richard III”
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