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Dean Best | 21 Nov 2014

Brazil-based JBS is already the world's largest meat supplier but it has its sights on growing further in value-added products and in Asia - and has turned to a business in Australia to help it achieve that goal.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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Katy Askew | 22 Jul 2016

Allied Bakeries, the bakery unit of Associated British Foods, has said it is closing its Chester Road distribution centre in Saltney Ferry, Chester. 

Katy Askew | 7 Jul 2016

Associated British Foods said this morning (7 July) that its grocery business made "some improvement" in the first nine months of the year. 

Katy Askew and Dean Best | 24 Jun 2016

UK voters have spoken: Britain will leave the European Union. With the vote tally now reporting 51.9% of people back leaving commentators are turning to the future with uncertainty. What will Brexit mean for the food sector? 

Hannah Abdulla | 11 May 2016

Associated British Foods is reportedly looking to sell its China-based sugar business for US$1bn.

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Apr 2016

Associated British Foods has taken its Indian spice brand, Patak's, into the frozen ready meal market.

Hannah Abdulla | 19 Apr 2016

First-half profits from Associated British Foods' grocery business have risen on the back of market share growth in its UK bakery business and cost efficiencies in other parts of the unit, despite a fall in sales.

Katy Askew | 8 Apr 2016

Associated British Foods has reached an agreement to take full ownership of South African sugar business Illovo Sugar. 

Dean Best | 15 Mar 2016

Food manufacturers and retailers operating in the UK - including Nestle, Unilever, Tesco and Asda - have signed up to cut food and drink waste in the country by a fifth in ten years.

Katy Askew | 22 Feb 2016

Associated British Foods said today (22 February) it expects a dip in first-half sales from its grocery business but said it seen "progress" on margins.

Katy Askew | 8 Feb 2016

Associated British Foods has tabled an offer to acquire the shares in South Africa's Illovo Sugar it does not already hold. 

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Jan 2016

Associated British Foods has insisted the performance of its grocery arm is improving, despite continued challenges in its bakery segment.

Dean Best | 6 Jan 2016

Hormel Foods has indicated it has "bold growth plans" for peanut butter brand Skippy in the UK as the US group announced a change of distributor for the product in the country.

Katy Askew | 14 Dec 2015

Tesco has re-listed core products from Associated British Foods' bread brand Kingsmill, reversing a decision the UK's largest retailer made in March to stop stocking the lines.

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Nov 2015

Associated British Foods welcomed an increase in full-year operating profit at its grocery division but noted food commodity deflation weighed on sales and hampered profitability at its sugar arm, dragging down the group's overall results.

Richard Siddle | 16 Oct 2015

Whitworths, the UK supplier of dried fruits, nuts and seeds, has announced Mark Fairweather is to replace Peter Utting as its chief executive.

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Sep 2015

Associated British Foods said today (7 September) it expects annual operating profit from its grocery arm to be ahead of last year despite revenues falling amid lower commodity prices.

Dean Best | 7 Aug 2015

Activist US investor Bill Ackman got the market talking this week with the disclosure he has invested in Mondelez International. Could he be betting on an eventual bid for the Cadbury owner from the new Kraft Heinz Co.? Meanwhile, the row over the Maggi continued, with India's food safety watchdog brushing off tests that appeared to clear Nestle's noodles. And three UK snacks businesses hit the headlines. The owners of Nakd owner Natural Balance Foods are weighing up their options, Bear owner Urban Fresh Foods is looking at ways to expand internationally - which could involve investment in the business. And crisp firm Tyrrells snapped up an Australian snack maker.

Katy Askew | 5 Aug 2015

Allied Bakeries, the UK bread business of Associated British Foods, has confirmed plans to cut management and administrative roles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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