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What Sainsbury's numbers mean for suppliers

The annual results from UK grocer Sainsbury's have underlined the pressure mainstream supermarkets in the country are facing as discounters...

Focus: Sugar outlook turns sour for ABF

Associated British Foods, the Primark-to-Kingsmill bread group, said today (9 September) its second-half performance came in ahead of expect...


Comment: ABF's grocery basket remains mixed

Dean Best | 12 Sep 2012

The headlines on the mainstream business pages may have talked about a "sales surge" at Primark and sugar profits may be especially sweet but Associated British Foods' grocery operations have proven a mixed bag in the last 12 months.


On the money: ABF outperform but doubts remain

Sam Webb | 9 Nov 2011

Associated British Foods (ABF) annual results came in ahead of expectations, but analysts have said question marks remain over 2012.


Top tips for online retail in the UK

Dean Best | 25 Oct 2011

That the online channel is growing - and growing quickly - in the UK, is news to hardly anyone. However, online still accounts for under 4% of grocery sales in the country. For all its growth, the sector is still evolving and there is much manufacturers and retailers can learn to ensure they take a chunk of a channel that is set to see sales almost double by 2016. just-food presents ten things to consider when operating in the online sector.


Premier, PepsiCo, Ralcorp grab attention amid Q1s

Dean Best | 3 May 2011

After consecutive four-day weekends here in the UK, this column again arrives on a Tuesday, adding to the 'what-is-the-day-today?' feeling here at just-food Towers today.

Latest Interviews

Interview: ABF expects growth in grocery, Primark

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.


The just-food interview - John Bason, ABF

Dean Best | 22 Nov 2010

Investor and media attention may often focus on growing fashion retail chain Primark but owner Associated British Foods has an extensive grocery business in markets like the UK, the US and Australia. In this month's just-food interview, Dean Best spoke to ABF finance director John Bason about the recent changes within the group's grocery division, its performance and the prospect of having to face rising commodity costs.

Latest News

ABF grocery profits jump despite soft sales

Katy Askew | 4 Nov 2014

Associated British Foods said today (4 November) that full-year profits from its grocery division jumped by one-fifth, despite a dip in underlying sales during the period.


Jordans founders take control of EOM

Dean Best | 8 Sep 2014

The founders of UK cereal group Jordans have taken full control of private-label supplier European Oat Millers.


Watchdog opens case on ABF's Dorset Cereals buy

Dean Best | 11 Aug 2014

The UK's competition watchdog is investigating Associated British Foods' planned acquisition of Dorset Cereals.


UPDATE: ABF confirms Dorset Cereals buy

Katy Askew | 5 Jun 2014

Associated British Foods has confirmed market rumours that the firm struck a deal to acquire the Dorset Cereals brand from Wellness Foods.


Kellogg, Weetabix, ABF "eye Dorset Cereals"

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Apr 2014

Kellogg, Weetabix and Associated British Foods are reportedly eyeing UK cereal business Dorset Cereals.


ABF sees positive performances in UK, Australia

Dean Best | 11 Jul 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.


What the analysts say - Grocery as expected at ABF

Dean Best | 23 Apr 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.


ABF forecasts flat grocery H1 revenue

Dean Best | 25 Feb 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.


Grocery profits tumble at ABF

Dean Best | 6 Nov 2012

Annual profits from Associated British Foods' grocery business, which includes Kingsmill bread and Jordans cereal, fell 23%, the UK-based group said today (6 November).


Sugar prices boost ABF Q3 sales

Michelle Russell | 12 Jul 2012

Rising sugar prices in Europe helped boost revenues and offset flat grocery sales for Associated British Foods in its third quarter.


ABF sees profit, revenue growth

Katy Askew | 27 Feb 2012

A strong performance from its sugar business has helped propel first-half sales and profits growth at Associated British Foods (ABF).


Sugar helps sweeten ABF revenues

Dean Best | 19 Jan 2012

A jump in sugar revenues, on the back of high prices, has helped drive sales at Associated British Foods.


Food business boosts ABF FY trading

Dean Best | 12 Sep 2011

Annual sales and profits from Associated British Foods' grocery business are expected to have risen over the last 12 months, the UK-based company said today (12 September).


"Strong" Jordans, Ryvita sales boost ABF grocery

Dean Best | 14 Jul 2011

Associated British Foods today (14 July) cited "strong" sales from its Jordans and Ryvita brands as the UK-based company reported a 6% increase in quarterly sales from its grocery business.


ABF shares slide on profit forecast cut

just-food.com | 27 Apr 2011

Shares in Associated British Foods tumbled in morning trade today (27 April) after the Kingsmill maker cut its full-year outlook despite an improved first-half performance from its sugar and grocery businesses.


Cardboard food packaging "linked to cancer"

Katy Askew | 8 Mar 2011

Swiss scientists have linked cardboard packaging made from recycled newspapers to health complaints in lab rats, ranging from the inflammation of internal organs to cancer.


Kingsmill, Patak's owner ABF posts FY profit jump

just-food.com | 9 Nov 2010

Annual profits at Kingsmill bread-to-Patak's cooking sauces group Associated British Foods have jumped by more than a quarter, the company said today (8 November).


Top stories on just-food this week

just-food.com | 23 Apr 2010

A number of the industry's heavy-weights, from Nestle to PepsiCo and Tesco, reported their results last week. Mars Inc and Northern Foods both announced job cuts in the UK while Unilever took swift steps to distance itself from the BNP's election campaign. Here is a selection of the most-read stories on just-food from the past week.


ABF says investments reaping benefits

just-food.com | 20 Apr 2010

Associated British Foods, the UK-based group behind Kingsmill bread and Jordans cereals, said today (20 April) that "strong performances" across the business had boosted half-year profits.


Jordans Cereals unveils 2010 marketing spend

just-food.com | 4 Mar 2010

UK cereal maker Jordans Cereals is to invest GBP6.5m (US$9.8m) in marketing support for its range throughout this year.


Weak sterling helps ABF sales

just-food.com | 15 Jan 2009

Associated British Foods today (15 January) reported strong first-quarter sales with sugar and grocery revenues boosted by the low value of the sterling.


Pricing lifts ABF profits

just-food.com | 8 Sep 2008

Associated British Foods has seen an increase in annual profits as surging commodity costs drove price increases at its grocery unit and consumers increasingly turned to Primark, the UK firm’s budget clothing chain.

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