K&N's - a founding pillar and beacon for Pakistan's Poultry Industry - started in 1964 with a single minded objective of
providing better nutrition through poultry for Health and Happiness of the Nation. History
Frequently Asked Questions
▸ Since how long has K&N's been operating?
K&N's – a founding pillar and beacon for Pakistan’s poultry industry - started its poultry operations in 1964.
▸ What is ‘integrated poultry operations’?
‘Integrated poultry operations’ is managing and controlling all stages of poultry production under one umbrella to ensure quality and food-safety.
K&N's manages poultry breeding, hatching, feed milling, broiler growing, poultry processing, production of ready-to-cook and fully cooked products, its own product distribution setup and a chain of chicken stores.
▸ Does K&N's feed consist of any hormones or steroids?
Feed Milling is an integral part of K&N’s integrated poultry operations. The diet for K&N’s chickens is based on natural grain products such as corn, corn gluten, rice and wheat; oil seed meals such as soybean, canola and sunflower, supplemented with multi-vitamins and minerals. Thus, K&N’s chickens enjoy the benefit of a healthy and well-balanced diet, free of any contaminants or steroids.
▸ What makes K&N's products so different from what I already buy? Why is it premium priced?
K&N's products are Safe and Healthy, not just as a product range with varied flavor profiles, but also the way we produce them.
K&N’s brings you safe and healthy chicken, The K&N's Way – by managing and controlling all stages of poultry production under one umbrella, and conducting quality assurance lab tests at every stage, from grandparent breeding right down to delivering products to your homes.
We provide a much higher grade product prepared with finest quality ingredients and premium quality boneless chicken. We do not use harmful additives to preserve the quality of our products. It is as good as what you prepare at home as it is without any artificial preservatives, MSG, nitrates, nitrites or Trans Fat (0g).
We do not add Soy protein or other such cheap ingredients with intention to replace chicken meat in ANY of our product.
▸ What makes K&N's products better tasting?
All our products are prepared with fine quality ingredients and premium boneless chicken. We do not use mechanically separated chicken meat (MSM) in any of our products.
We use the finest breading materials, locally sourced fresh vegetables, real cheddar cheese (without any animal rennet), and a variety of herbs and spices in our proprietary and exotic blends of seasoning, to bring you flavorful chicken products that are Safe and Healthy.
▸ What is the main ingredient in your products?
Our main ingredient is premium boneless chicken, carved from chickens which are bred and raised naturally on K&N’s grandparent breeding, parent breeding and broiler growing farms across Pakistan, on a vegetarian diet, without antibiotics, hormones or steroids. We NEVER use mechanically separated chicken meat. Also, we do not add soy protein or other ingredients with intention to replace chicken meat in any of our product.
▸ What is Mechanically Separated Meat (MSM) and why is it not used at K&N's?
Mechanically Separated Meat (MSM) is a paste or batter-like product which is produced by forcing bones with attached edible tissue through a sieve or similar device under high pressure to separate bone from edible tissue. MSM is quite a frequently used meat material substituted in place of boneless chicken meat, but it is strictly against our ethos to use it due to its potentially harmful effects on health. Products produced with MSM are of inferior quality.
▸ What potentially harmful additives are commonly used in products such as yours?
Typically, flavor enhancers such as MSG (monosodium glutamate), artificial preservatives, nitrates and nitrites are used. Even cheap substitutes of chicken meat such as MSM, are used by food producers. As a consumer of frozen food products, it is important to read the ingredients list before you decide to feed a product to your family.
When you prepare a meal at home, you neither add harmful additives nor force it to go through harmful processes, so why should we? Our products are ethically sound, prepared with ingredients you can easily pronounce and understand, and free of all potentially harmful ingredients such as MSM, MSG, preservatives, nitrates and nitrites and are 0g Trans Fat per serving.
▸ Why is the boneless chicken used at K&N's hand-cut Halal certified? What makes hand-cut Halal chicken an important factor for K&N's?
Chickens are Halal slaughtered by hand (Islamic Zabiha) strictly according to The Shariah. We use hand-cut Halal certified chicken as the main ingredient in our products for two reasons.
First, for its exceptionally high quality, as hand-cut Halal certified chicken, is a much higher-grade product. It is also a seal of assurance for more humane treatment of poultry.
Second, in line with our ethos, we want to provide better food choices to more people regardless of ethnicity and faith.
▸ My family enjoys frozen food & deli products, such as nuggets, sausages & cold cuts, etc. What factors must I consider while making a choice?
As a consumer, you need to make an educated choice for your family. This can be easily attained by reading the list of ingredients on product packaging.
Unfortunately, use of mechanically separated chicken meat (MSM) is wide-spread, particularly in sausages and cold cuts. Once this inferior quality ingredient is used, it almost becomes necessary to add other potentially harmful ingredients such as artificial preservatives, nitrates and nitrites, to preserve the product.
Many producers of chicken products also use soy protein with intention to replace chicken meat as it’s a lower cost ingredient. MSG is also widely used as a flavor enhancer and there is debate on its potentially harmful effects on health, particularly in young children and people with heart condition.
When you cook at home, you don’t add potentially harmful ingredients, so there should be no reason for you to compromise when you buy premade products for your convenience given your busy life style. If you want to make a better choice, please look for products that are free of MSM, MSG, nitrates and nitrites and artificial preservatives.
▸ Do your franks use animal intestine or mechanically separated chicken meat (MSM)?
NO! We use food grade cellulose casings, which are peeled off prior to packing. Our franks are prepared using premium boneless chicken, without MSM or other cheaper alternates to chicken meat. Also, we do not use artificial smoke, but we smoke naturally in a sustainable way.
▸ What are “skinless” sausages?
Predominantly, sausages in the world are produced in animal casings which act as skin, or skinless (without intestines) using advanced equipment and technology. If intestines are used they stay on and end up being a ‘skin’ on the sausage. Since casings are imported, there is no guarantee of these being ‘Halal’. Thus, we at K&N's, decided to produce ‘SKINLESS’ sausages by implementing high technology.
To prepare our Deline sausages, international standard, food grade, cellulose casings are used, which are then peeled off using automatic peeler, thereby bringing you ‘skinless’ sausages. So all K&N's Deline sausages are ‘skinless’ (that is, without casing), which can be enjoyed without worrying about their skin.
▸ Is there anything which makes K&N's sausages, cold cuts and smoked meat a better choice?
If you value your and your family’s health, and want to consume food without potentially harmful ingredients, then K&N's skinless sausages, cold cuts and smoked meat are a definite better choice as they are Safe and Healthy.
K&N's Deline skinless sausages, cold cuts and smoked meat are prepared using premium boneless chicken meat without mechanically separated chicken meat (MSM). They are naturally smoked, as we do not use any artificial liquid smoke flavor, giving you age-old authentic flavor of natural smoke. They are made without adding MSG, nitrates, nitrites, and artificial preservatives.
▸ Are your products Gluten-free?
We do not add gluten as an ingredient in any of our product. However, gluten, as an ingredient is present in flour, wheat, barley etc, K&N's uses flour and breadcrumbs as coating for a number of its products, including Burger Patties, Nuggets etc.
Products that can be considered completely Gluten-free are:
• Chapli Kabab
• Seekh Kabab
• Kafta Kabab
• Shami Kabab
• Breakfast Sausages
• Frankfurter Sausages
• Jumbo Frank Sausages
• Mortadella Slices
• Pepperoni Slices
• Bologna Slices
• Smoked Breast Fillet Strips
For ready reference for our consumers, allergens are mentioned in ingredients list of every product. We suggest you go through the ingredients of all products before buying & consuming to check for allergens relevant to you.
▸ Do your sausages use animal intestine or mechanically separated chicken meat (MSM)?
NO! We use food grade cellulose casings, which are peeled off prior to packing. Our sausages are prepared using premium boneless chicken, without MSM or other cheaper alternates to chicken meat. Also, we do not use artificial smoke, rather we smoke naturally in a sustainable way.
▸ Do your products have MSG?
All K&N's products are MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) free.
▸ How many products does K&N's offer?
Currently K&N's offers thirty-two (32) products, through seven product categories:
• Whole Chicken, Premium Boneless Meat & Designer Cuts
• Breaded Selection
• Kabab Temptations
• Toppings n’ Filling
• Stok - The Safe and Healthy Chicken Cube
New products will be introduced from time to time.
▸ What are “EasyCook” products? How do you cook them?
“EasyCook” products are:
• Burger Patties
• Chicken Tempura
• Combo Wings
• Fun Nuggets
• Haray Bharay Nuggets
• Hot Tenders
• Tender Pops
• Thunder Fillet
• Chapli Kabab
• Shami Kabab
There is no preparation involved, as these are ‘ready-to-cook’ products, which take about 3-4 minutes from freezer to plate. Handling instructions are provided on the packs.
▸ What are “QuickServe” products? How do you serve them?
These are fully cooked products and simply need to be defrosted or heated prior to serving, which takes 3-4 minutes. Handling instructions are on labels.
QuickServe” products are:
• Chicken Tikka Chunks
• Kafta Kabab
• Mughlai Tikka
• Seekh Kabab
• Puff Patteeze
• Full range of Deline
These are fully cooked products and simply need to be defrosted or heated prior to serving, which takes 3-4 minutes. Handling instructions are provided on the packs.
▸ What is IQF?
K&N's products are frozen using Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) Technology – the most advanced freezing technology available in the world today – whereby each product is Individually Quick Frozen, bringing down product core temperature from +45°C to -18°C, ultra rapidly in less than 30 minutes, while moving through the multi-tiered spiral freezing line.