11 December 2013
Allied Bakeries, the UK bread arm of Associated British Foods, is to introduce traffic light nutrition labels on its Kingsmill products.
2 December 2013
A change at the top of the world's largest retailer grabbed the headlines this week. Doug McMillon, the head of Wal-Mart's overseas business, is to be promoted to become the US retail giant's CEO. Elsewhere, there was a raft of M&A stories. Murray Goulburn made what is so far the highest bid for Australian dairy Murrau Goulburn, Associated British Foods lodged an interest in UK rice brand Tilda and Premier Foods is in talks with private equity over investment in its bread arm.
27 November 2013
Associated British Foods has lodged an interest in UK packaged rice business Tilda, just-food understands.
11 November 2013
Last week saw the question of whether regulators or industry should take the lead in promoting good nutrition come to the fore, when US policy makers signalled that they could be preparing a clamp-down on "unsafe" trans fats.
6 November 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.
5 November 2013
Associated British Foods saw its share price dip this morning (5 November) as an expected drop in sugar earnings weighed on its outlook, despite an improvement in grocery.
16 October 2013
Burton's Biscuit Co., the UK firm behind brands including Maryland cookies and Jammie Dodgers, is up for sale. The first round of bidding has been completed and rumoured suitors include private-equity firms Apax Partners and CapVest, Canadian fund Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and Fox's biscuits owner 2 Sisters Food Group. Stefan Kirk of M&A advisors Glenboden suggests another private-equity firm, Bridgestone, which has just bought a biscuit business in Poland, should look at Burton's, too.
9 September 2013
Associated British Foods, the Primark-to-Kingsmill bread group, said today (9 September) its second-half performance came in ahead of expectations. However, shares slid on concerns over the longer-term outlook for its sugar business. As sugar turns sour for ABF, the company could be forced to look elsewhere for growth. Katy Askew reports.
9 September 2013
Shares in Associated British Foods slipped this morning (9 September) as concern over the outlook for its sugar business overshadowed news the company expects to book an expectation-beating second half.
19 August 2013
Associated British Foods has expanded its snacking portfolio in the UK with the launch of a Ryvita Thins line.
11 July 2013
Associated British Foods today (11 July) reported a 7% increase in third-quarter sales from its grocery business, helped by parts of its UK and Australian units.
27 June 2013
The profitability of food and grocery suppliers operating in Australia is "significantly below" international competitors, a report has claimed.
28 May 2013
Australian grocer Woolworths Ltd is to cut prices on "hundreds" of grocery products in a fresh salvo against rival Coles.
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.
29 April 2013
just-food spoke with ABF CEO George Weston this week following the release of the firm's first-half figures. The chief executive spoke about the performance of and prospects for the firm's food operations. Elsewhere, Ocado dismissed reports of a potential takeover by Morrisons, while Nestle defended a trademark lawsuit it has filed against Petra Foods over the Singapore firm's Delfi Take-It chocolate bar.
29 April 2013
Associated British Foods grabbed the headlines this week - for good and tragic reasons. Twenty-four hours before a factory in Bangladesh that supplied ABF's discount clothing chain Primark, just-food discussed the Kingsmill bread owner's half-year results. Another UK-listed major, Unilever, this week reported its Q1 sales, which missed analyst estimates on weaker spreads and ice cream sales. Elsewhere, we analysed the return of GM to national UK headlines and China's attempts to improve food safety.
26 April 2013
The plight of Australian supplier Spring Gully Foods, which is in administration, has again shone the spotlight on the country's grocery sector, of which two retailers enjoy a combined market share of 70%-plus. However, it has also been an example of why retailers do provide assistance to ailing suppliers.
24 April 2013
Discount clothing chain Primark again grabbed the headlines for Associated British Foods as it booked higher half-year profits and sales - and saw its shares hit a record high. But what about ABF's grocery business? Dean Best spoke with CEO George Weston about the performance of and prospects for the UK group's food operations.
23 April 2013
Beyond the continued growth of Associated British Foods' discount clothing chain Primark, the UK-based group's grocery business generally met expectations in the first half of the year.
23 April 2013
Half-year profits from Associated British Foods' grocery business rose almost 30% as the company lapped last year's figures, which included restructuring costs in the UK and Australia.
23 April 2013
A union representing Premier Foods workers has questioned whether the company entered into "meaningful" discussions ahead of its move to close its Birmingham Hovis bakery tomorrow (23 April).
22 April 2013
A raft of companies report to the market next week, including UK-based food group Associated British Foods, which is set to unveil its half-year results. Data for the first quarter of 2013 will continue to come in, with Unilever, Hershey and Premier Foods plc among those set to publish numbers.
19 April 2013
Could sovereign wealth funds and pension funds become more active participants in deal-making in the FMCG industry? Perhaps so, writes Dean Best.
4 April 2013
Qatari investment vehicle Hassad Foods has bought a majority stake in Indian food supplier Bush Foods Overseas.
18 March 2013
GFT Retail is expanding world food brands Patak's and Blue Dragon into the UK snack category.
27 February 2013
Kellogg, Associated British Foods and General Mills have been slammed by charity Oxfam International for failing to meet ethical standards.
25 February 2013
Associated British Foods has forecast flat revenue from its grocery division in the first half of its fiscal year amid challenging conditions in bread markets in the UK and Australia.
11 February 2013
Associated British Foods has "emphatically" denied allegations of tax evasion on profits made by its sugar processing operations in Zambia.
5 February 2013
Associated British Foods has added to its Allinson bakery line in the UK in addition to launching a GBP1m (US$1.6m) marketing campaign, which includes the first TV ad for the brand for a decade.
21 January 2013
A review of the food industry's progress in cutting salt from products, and recommendations on the best way forward, are due to be published by the Government shortly.