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Wellness Foods bought Dorset Cereals from Langholm Capital in 2008UK: Kellogg, Weetabix, ABF "eye Dorset Cereals"

4 April 2014

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

Interview: ABF expects lower sugar profits offset by grocery, Primark

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.

Focus: Sugar outlook turns sour for ABF

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.

UK: ABF sees positive grocery performances in UK, Australia

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.

What the analysts say - Grocery as expected at ABF

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.

UK: ABF forecasts flat grocery H1 revenue

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.

UK: Grocery profits tumble at ABF

6 November 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).

Comment: ABF's grocery basket remains mixed

12 September 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.

UK: Sugar prices boost ABF Q3 revenues

12 July 2012

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

UK: ABF sees profit, revenue growth

27 February 2012

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

UK: Sugar helps sweeten ABF revenues

19 January 2012

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

On the money: ABF outperform but doubts remain over 2012

9 November 2011

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

Talking shop: The top tips for online retail in the UK

25 October 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.

UK: Food business boosts ABF FY trading

12 September 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).

UK: "Strong" Jordans, Ryvita sales boost ABF grocery

14 July 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.

Best bits: Premier, PepsiCo, Ralcorp grab attention amid Q1s

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.

UK: ABF shares slide on profit forecast cut

27 April 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.

The just-food management briefing - sustainable packaging - recycling

26 April 2011

Part two of our management briefing on sustainable packaging focuses on recycled material. As Jonathan Thomas writes, recycled products are central to the sector but the amount they are used differs by material, while competition from other products and safety issues could have an impact on future growth.

UK: Recycled cardboard food packaging "linked to cancer"

8 March 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.

The just-food interview - John Bason, Associated British Foods

22 November 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.

On the money: Commodity pressure "a mixed bag" for ABF

9 November 2010

Spiralling commodity costs is proving a "mixed bag" for Associated British Foods, the UK's group's finance director has told just-food, with parts of the business benefiting from higher prices and other divisions facing pressure.

UK: Kingsmill, Patak's owner ABF posts FY profit jump

9 November 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).

The market is wrong on Tesco - but right on ABF

26 April 2010

Just as political opinion polls can be misleading, so can the polls run each day in the world's financial districts - those listing the rise and fall of a company's shares.

In the spotlight - ABF's grocery basket

23 April 2010

Thriving discount retailer Primark is the part of UK group Associated British Foods that has grabbed the headlines in recent quarters.

Top stories on just-food this week

23 April 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.

On the money: ABF hails grocery impact on profits

20 April 2010

Associated British Foods chief executive George Weston today (20 April) praised the contribution that the UK group's grocery business had had on company profits in the last six months.

UK: ABF says investments reaping benefits

20 April 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.

UK: Jordans Cereals unveils 2010 marketing spend

4 March 2010

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

UK: Weak sterling helps ABF sales

15 January 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.

In the Spotlight - Associated British Foods

5 November 2008

With a considerably improved set of full-year results, Associated British Foods (ABF) has brought vitality to a sector that has been somewhat battered by the deteriorating economic climate. While Primark, ABF’s discount clothing unit, has reaped the benefits of the downturn, the company has focused on returning its bakery unit to profitability and building a strong foundation of grocery brands. Clearly, this strategy is starting to pay off. Dean Best reports.



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