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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.


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.


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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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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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.


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".


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.


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.


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.

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