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Latest Interviews

ABF on Brexit, M&A and grocery - interview 9 Nov 2016

Dean Best

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.


Interview: UK trade body on the impact of Brexit 19 Oct 2016

Ben Cooper

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said the formal two-year process for the UK to leave the EU will begin in a little over five months. Ian Wright, director general of the Food and Drink Federation, the industry association representing food manufacturers operating in the UK, spoke with Ben Cooper about the immediate instability the vote for Brexit has caused and his longer-term outlook for the UK food sector.

Latest News

Lindt sees FY sales acceleration on Europe growth 17 Jan 17

Katy Askew

Swiss chocolate group Lindt & Sprüngli revealed today (17 January) its sales accelerated in the second half of 2016, enabling it to deliver a 6.8% increase in revenue. 


French agrifood group Avril to invest in Lesieur 16 Jan 17

John Shepherd

Avril Group, the French agrifood business, is investing more than EUR21m (US$22.3m) in modernising and developing the production facility and research centre of its Lesieur arm in Coudekerque, northern France, which is dedicated to table oils and condiments.


Greek flour firm Loulis Mills gets EBRD backing 16 Jan 17

John Shepherd

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is to provide EUR10m (US$10.6m) in long-term financing to Athens-listed Greek flour business Loulis Mills – the bank's first transaction in the agribusiness sector in Greece.


Universal Robina Corp. books higher annual profits 16 Jan 17

John Shepherd

Philippines-based food and beverage group Universal Robina Corp. has booked an increase in annual earnings.


HKScan issues another profit warning  13 Jan 17

Katy Askew

Meat processor HKScan has said it now expects a sharper decline in 2016 operating profit than previously suggested. 


ABF sees further improvement in grocery margins  12 Jan 17

Katy Askew

Associated British Foods said today (12 January) its grocery brands made "further margin progress" in the UK group's first quarter. 

Latest blogs

We wish you a merry Christmas 23 Dec 16

Dean Best

Today (23 December) is just-food's last day before closing for Christmas. We'll return, raring to go on Tuesday 3 January - but of course there's been plenty of top-notch content that has gone live in recent days for you to get you teeth into before then.


China's Yili gained as dairy market curdled in 2015 26 Jul 16

Dean Best

Rabobank's annual league table of the world's largest dairy companies has been released - and the data underlines what a challenging market it has been in recent months.

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