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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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Ben Cooper | 11 May 2016

Three of the seven issues on which Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign rates the world’s ten largest food and drinks companies relate directly to wages, workers’ rights and working conditions in their agricultural supply chains. Here, just-food sets out the NGO's evaluations under the three criteria - women, farmers and workers - along with the companies’ reactions.


Hannah Abdulla | 1 May 2015

Associated British Foods this week announced the launch of a high-protein bread from its Australasian arm George Weston Foods. The company looks to be weighing up options to increase sales in the highly pressured bakery sector. Is its move into the better-for-you category in New Zealand one that will pay off? Hannah Abdulla explores.


Dean Best | 21 Nov 2014

Brazil-based JBS is already the world's largest meat supplier but it has its sights on growing further in value-added products and in Asia - and has turned to a business in Australia to help it achieve that goal.


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.

Latest Interviews

Dean Best | 9 Nov 2017

Associated British Foods' grocery basket had something of a mixed 2016/17 financial year. Dean Best spoke to finance director John Bason about challenges at home, progress overseas, recent M&A and the year ahead.


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.

Latest News

just-food.com | 7 Sep 2018

This week's round-up of the most notable product development from the international food sector includes news of a range of vegetarian meals from Birds Eye in the UK, Mars' confectionery brand M&M's moving into cakes and Tine's foray into plant-based foods.


Dean Best | 6 Jul 2018

Associated British Foods and Goodman Fielder are reported to be ready to make bids for Australia-based bakery business Allied Pinnacle.


Andy Coyne | 29 May 2018

Northern Ireland's Neill's Flour has made a "significant investment" and expanded its operations by taking a 16,000 sq ft unit in Belfast's Titanic Quarter.


Dean Best | 26 Apr 2018

Food manufacturers operating in the UK, including Nestle, Unilever and Premier Foods plc, today (26 April) set out a series of pledges on plastics, including ending the use of single-use plastics by 2025.


just-food.com | 18 Apr 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


just-food.com | 6 Apr 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


just-food.com | 2 Mar 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


Sean Clinton | 22 Feb 2018

Charles Sinclair, the chairman of Kingsmill, Patak's and Ryvita owner Associated British Foods, is to step down from the role in April.


Dean Best | 5 Feb 2018

Archer Daniels Midland is reportedly in advanced talks to buy fellow US-based, agri-food giant Bunge.


just-food.com | 18 Jan 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


just-food.com | 5 Jan 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


just-food.com | 21 Dec 2017

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


Simon Harvey | 14 Dec 2017

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


Dean Best | 7 Nov 2017

Associated British Foods is to shut one of the two UK sports nutrition factories it acquired earlier this year.


Andy Coyne | 2 Oct 2017

Associated British Foods is to close its a UK bakery distribution depot.


Simon Harvey | 2 Oct 2017

Associated British Foods has launched a range of wholegrain snacks in the UK under its Ryvita brand.


Dean Best | 11 Sep 2017

Associated British Foods, the owner of brands including Jordans cereal and Tip Top bread, has acquired Italian balsamic vinegar supplier Acetum.


Simon Harvey | 11 Sep 2017

Associated British Foods noted in an earnings update that weakness in the pound linked to the decision to exit the European Union will translate into an GBP85m (US$112m) benefit for the financial year ending 16 September, much of which arose in the first three quarters.


Katy Askew | 6 Jul 2017

Associated British Foods revealed its grocery sales increased in its third quarter, to 24 June, but confirmed the performance of its bakery business weighed on the unit's margins.


Dean Best | 26 Jun 2017

Boparan Holdings, the parent of UK supplier 2 Sisters Food Group, has named former Associated British Foods executive Richard Pike as its new CFO.


John Shepherd | 8 May 2017

Associated British Foods has launched a range of sandwich thins in Australia under its Tip Top bread brand.


Dean Best | 19 Apr 2017

Associated British Foods believes it can prosper in a "fragmented" sports nutrition sector, a market the UK-based conglomerate has just entered through the acquisitions of two local firms - H5 Ltd and Reflex Nutrition.

Latest blogs

Ben Cooper | 19 Apr 2016

In the sustainability arena, objective endorsement by a third party, particularly an NGO with credibility levels among consumers that even Unilever can only dream of, is an extremely valuable commodity.


Dean Best | 20 May 2014

UK bread manufacturer Hovis, embarking on life under the majority control of US private-equity firm Gores Group, has named former Unilever, PepsiCo and Burger King executive Nish Kankiwala its new chairman.

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