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Comment: Kingsmill "youth" appeal bodes well

Katy Askew | 10 Sep 2014

In the UK branded bakery space, Associated British Foods-owned Kingsmill has youth appeal. The brand, which is operated by ABF's bakery unit Allied Bakeries, over-indexes with consumers under the age of 35. As long as Kingsmill can maintain its relevance, this bodes well for its long-term health, Katy Askew suggests.


Comment: No candy-coated arguments at sugar summit

Ben Cooper | 14 Jul 2014

Last week, medical professionals, industry representatives, policy advisors and others gathered in London to discuss the health impacts of sugar consumption and what government and food companies can do to mitigate them. Ben Cooper was there.


Deal or no deal: Experts split on Dorset Cereals

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Apr 2014

Toward the end of last week Kellogg, Weetabix and Associated British Foods were all named as potential suitors looking to buy UK cereal brand Dorset Cereals from Wellness Foods. Hannah Abdulla looks at where Dorset Cereals could next end up.


Focus: ABF aims to halt sliced white decline in UK

Katy Askew | 10 Mar 2014

White bread sales are the largest component of the UK bakery sector. But sales of white bread are in structural decline. Associated British Foods' bread business, Allied Bakeries, believes it has developed a product that can help reverse this trend and bring consumers back to sliced white. Katy Askew reports.

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Interview: ABF expects growth in grocery, Primark

Katy Askew | 6 Nov 2013

Concern over the outlook for Associated British Foods' sugar business has weighed on the company's share price in spite of a jump in full-year earnings. While the outlook for sugar remains challenging, ABF expects an upswing at its grocery and Primark businesses to continue to propel profits in the coming year, FD John Bason tells just-food.


Amy's Kitchen sets out international mission

Dean Best | 15 May 2013

Amy's Kitchen, the US frozen-food, organic and free-from business, is a quarter of a century old this year but there is a passion - almost a sense of mission - one would normally associate with a start-up. Dean Best spoke to co-owner Amy Berliner and European commercial director Damien Threadgold about the company's plans.

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ABF "rebuilding" bakery but margins pressured

Katy Askew | 9 Jul 2015

Associated British Foods has said it is increasing volumes at Allied Bakeries but conceded margins remain under pressure at the struggling UK bakery unit.


ABF's Kingsmill returns to Tesco

Katy Askew | 3 Jul 2015

Associated British Foods-owned bread brand Kingsmill is set to return to Tesco shelves, after the UK's largest retailer delisted the brand in March.


Allied Bakeries adds Kingsmill Burger Thins

Hannah Abdulla | 7 May 2015

Allied Bakeries, Associated British Foods' UK bread arm, has added to its sandwich alternatives portfolio with the launch of Kingsmill Burger Thins.


Food industry quotes of week: Gardein, Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 1 May 2015

This week, Mondelez International reported its first-quarter results, with news of a solid performance in China. Elsewhere, Associated British Foods announced the launch of a high-protein bread in New Zealand. Yves Potvin, founder of meat-free brand Gardein, spoke to just-food about its plans under the ownership of Pinnacle Foods. And Kerry Group said moves to reposition its portfolio to focus on snacking trends were paying off. Here is the week in quotes.


ABF launches high-protein bread launch in NZ

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Apr 2015

George Weston Foods, the Australian business of Associated British Foods, is pumping NZ$2m (US$1.5m) into developing and marketing "high protein breads".


Food industry news of week: Iglo, Blue Bell

Dean Best | 24 Apr 2015

The EUR2.6bn sale of European frozen food giant and Birds Eye owner Iglo Group grabbed the headlines this week - and we looked at where the new owners - Nomad Holdings - could look next. Blue Bell Creameries, the US ice cream maker linked to a fatal listeria outbreak, was in the spotlight for very different reasons, pulling all its products from the market after fresh tests.


Food industry quotes of week: ABF, Hershey, Iglo

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Apr 2015

This week, Associated British Foods reported its annual results and revealed it struggled with competition in the UK and Australian bakery sectors. US consumer goods rookie acquired Birds Eye owner Iglo Group. Hershey had its first quarter results out which demonstrated troubles in uptake of chocolate in China. And Blue Bell announced it was pulling all its products off US shelves after fresh tests found more listeria-ridden products. Here is the week in quotes.


ABF confident bakery efforts will pay off

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Apr 2015

Associated British Foods has insisted it is making the right moves to tackle the problem of aggressive competition in the UK and Australia's bakery sectors, two markets where its sales are under pressure.


ABF grocery profits up but pressure on bread

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Apr 2015

Associated British Foods has reported a 4% increase in half-year profits from its grocery division despite pressure on its bakery businesses in the UK and Australia leading to lower sales from the division.


Food industry news of week: Nestle, Danone

Katy Askew | 20 Mar 2015

We attended the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London this week, bringing you strategic updates from the likes of Nestle, Danone and Glanbia. Elsewhere, General Mills reported further pressure on sales and earnings and we profiled the growing importance of e-commerce to baby food makers in China.


Tesco to de-list ABF's Kingsmill bread

Katy Askew | 19 Mar 2015

Tesco has confirmed it is de-listing Associated British Foods' largest UK bread brand, Kingsmill.


ABF continues to expect profit drop

Katy Askew | 23 Feb 2015

Associated British Foods continues to anticipate a drop in first-half operating profit and a "marginal" decline in EPS as sugar profitability and foreign exchange hit the bottom line.


ABF warns on earnings as sugar weakens

Hannah Abdulla | 15 Jan 2015

Associated British Foods has issued a profit warning amid falling earnings from its sugar business and pressure from a strong pound.


ABF grocery profits jump despite soft sales

Katy Askew | 4 Nov 2014

Associated British Foods said today (4 November) that full-year profits from its grocery division jumped by one-fifth, despite a dip in underlying sales during the period.


AB Sugar-backed report calls for action on obesity

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Oct 2014

A report published backed and funded by Associated British Foods' AB Sugar arm has called for tougher measures to tackle obesity, including making the Responsibility Deal law.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 29 Sep 2014

Tesco's admission it had over-stated profits stunned the market on Monday, the latest chapter in a troubling period for the UK's largest retailer.


UPDATE: Real Good Food to take sugar spat to EU

Katy Askew | 24 Sep 2014

The Real Good Food Co. will take its complaint against Associated British Foods' sugar business, British Sugar, to Brussels after the UK's competition authority declined to investigate the row.


Watchdog not to investigate RGF, ABF pricing row

Katy Askew | 24 Sep 2014

The UK's competition watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority, will not launch an investigation into allegations of anti-competitive behaviour lodged against the sugar arm of Associated British Foods by The Real Good Food Co.


Australia, US to drive ABF grocery profit growth

Dean Best | 8 Sep 2014

Associated British Foods is set to see a rise in annual operating profit from its grocery business amid improved performances from operations in Australia and the US.


ABF launches Kingsmill sandwich thins in UK

Katy Askew | 3 Sep 2014

Allied Bakeries, the bakery unit of Associated British Foods, is extending the Kingsmill brand with the launch of a line of sandwich thins.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 18 Aug 2014

Five months ago, Chiquita Brands International announced plans to merge with fellow banana supplier Fyffes. The deal was set to close by the end of the year. However, this week, an unsolicited takeover bid came in for Chiquita, which promptly rejected the offer. However, the suitors have indicated they may not go away easily. Elsewhere, our coverage of Russia's food embargo continued, we looked in-depth at the opportunities for growth in Japan in our latest management briefing and, in a new M&A column, we suggested Raisio sell up to private equity.


Watchdog opens case on ABF's Dorset Cereals buy

Dean Best | 11 Aug 2014

The UK's competition watchdog is investigating Associated British Foods' planned acquisition of Dorset Cereals.

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FMCG veteran Kankiwala joins Hovis as chairman

Dean Best | 20 May 2014

UK bread manufacturer Hovis, embarking on life under the majority control of US private-equity firm Gores Group, has named former Unilever, PepsiCo and Burger King executive Nish Kankiwala its new chairman.

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