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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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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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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.


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.

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