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Associated British Foods is an international food processing and retail company. Founded by W. Garfield Weston in 1935, Associated British Foods is a public company, listed on the London Stock Exchange as ABF. The head office for Associated British Foods is located in London, England.

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Hannah Abdulla | 1 May 2015

Associated British Foods this week announced the launch of a high-protein bread from its Australasian arm George Weston Foods. The company looks to be weighing up options to increase sales in the highly pressured bakery sector. Is its move into the better-for-you category in New Zealand one that will pay off? Hannah Abdulla explores.


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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.


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Dean Best | 9 Nov 2016

Much of the investor commentary around Associated British Foods can focus on Primark, with the UK-based clothing retailer the largest of the conglomerate's divisions by sales and its most profitable when looking at operating margin. That largely rang true yesterday when ABF reported its annual results but Dean Best caught up with John Bason, the Kingsmill maker's finance director, to discuss how the company's grocery operations had performed, its recent disposal of assets in the US and the impact Brexit could have on the grocery chunk of the business.


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.

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Dean Best | 19 Apr 2017

Associated British Foods believes it can prosper in a "fragmented" sports nutrition sector, a market the UK-based conglomerate has just entered through the acquisitions of two local firms - H5 Ltd and Reflex Nutrition.


Dean Best | 19 Apr 2017

Associated British Foods today (19 April) revealed it has acquired UK sports nutrition businesses H5 Ltd and Reflex Nutrition.


Katy Askew | 19 Apr 2017

Associated British Foods, the maker of food brands including Kingsmill and Dorset Cereals, said it made "excellent progress" on "all fronts" during the first half of its financial year.


John Shepherd | 6 Mar 2017

Associated British Foods' Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar has been delisted by Tesco stores in the UK in a spat over pricing.


Katy Askew | 28 Feb 2017

Associated British Foods-owned cereal brand Dorset Cereals is launching a line of "world inspired" mueslis, the Ultimate Adventures collection.


Katy Askew | 27 Feb 2017

International growth, higher volumes of Kingsmill and increased cereal sales enabled Associated British Foods to report ongoing improvements at its grocery unit during the first half of its financial year. 


Katy Askew | 30 Jan 2017

Weetabix has confirmed that it will push ahead with a GBP30m (US$37.6m) investment to increase production as Nestle, General Mills, Post Holdings, Associated British Foods and Barilla reportedly line up to submit bids for the business. 


Katy Askew | 12 Jan 2017

Associated British Foods said today (12 January) its grocery brands made "further margin progress" in the UK group's first quarter. 


John Shepherd | 20 Dec 2016

US bakery group Flowers Foods is to sell its Iowa-based bread and sweet goods mix manufacturer Specialty Blending to Associated British Foods, which is adding the business to its AB Mauri division.


John Shepherd | 2 Dec 2016

Associated British Foods is setting up a new bakery in the UK on the site of its former British Sugar plant in Lincolnshire.


Katy Askew | 8 Nov 2016

Associated British Foods recorded higher annual sales and margins at its grocery business, with management suggesting further improvements are anticipated during the coming year. 


Dean Best | 3 Oct 2016

Allied Bakeries, the UK arm of Associated British Foods, has launched a line it hopes will encourage consumers back to bakery products at breakfast time.


Katy Askew | 21 Sep 2016

B&G Foods has entered into an agreement to buy the spices and seasonings business of ACH Food Companies, a US arm of Associated British Foods. 


Dean Best | 19 Sep 2016

Associated British Foods has taken its Jordans cereal brand into France's cereal bar market.


Katy Askew | 19 Sep 2016

Thirty additional companies, including Burton's Biscuit Co. and Dairy Crest, have joined the Courtauld Commitment 2025 in a bid to reduce the resource intensity of the UK's food sector. 


Katy Askew | 14 Sep 2016

B&G Foods is reportedly in negotiations with Associated British Foods over the potential acquisition of US cooking oil business ACH Food Companies.


Katy Askew | 12 Sep 2016

Associated British Foods has said that its operating performance in the second half of the year was ahead of expectations with margin expansion at its grocery business


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.

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