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Associated British Foods this week announced the launch of a high-protein bread from its Australasian arm George Weston Foods. The company l...

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...

Dean Best | 26 Apr 2013

The plight of Australian supplier Spring Gully Foods, which is in administration, has again shone the spotlight on the country's grocery sector, of which two retailers enjoy a combined market share of 70%-plus. However, it has also been an example of why retailers do provide assistance to ailing suppliers.

Michelle Russell | 12 Jul 2012

Earnings from Associated British Foods' grocery division are likely to be "disappointing" in the UK's current financial year, City analysts warned today (12 July).

Katy Askew | 24 Apr 2012

Associated British Foods has insisted it expects the performance of its grocery division to improve in the medium term as investments made to reduce its cost base begin to feed through to the bottom line.

Sam Webb | 14 Nov 2011

Two potentially significant policy developments emerged last week - the EU approved the use of the sweetener stevia in food and drink products, while Russia moved nearer to finally joining the WTO.

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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.

Dean Best | 24 Apr 2013

Discount clothing chain Primark again grabbed the headlines for Associated British Foods as it booked higher half-year profits and sales - and saw its shares hit a record high. But what about ABF's grocery business? Dean Best spoke with CEO George Weston about the performance of and prospects for the UK group's food operations.

Latest News

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. 

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 | 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.

Hannah Abdulla | 1 May 2015

This week, Mondelez International reported its first-quarter results, with news of a solid performance in China. Elsewhere, Associated British Foods announced the launch of a high-protein bread in New Zealand. Yves Potvin, founder of meat-free brand Gardein, spoke to just-food about its plans under the ownership of Pinnacle Foods. And Kerry Group said moves to reposition its portfolio to focus on snacking trends were paying off. Here is the week in quotes.

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Apr 2015

George Weston Foods, the Australian business of Associated British Foods, is pumping NZ$2m (US$1.5m) into developing and marketing "high protein breads".

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.

Dean Best | 8 Sep 2014

Associated British Foods is set to see a rise in annual operating profit from its grocery business amid improved performances from operations in Australia and the US.

Dean Best | 10 Jul 2014

Associated British Foods today (10 July) reported a fall in third-quarter sales from its grocery arm due to the loss of contracts from its Silver Spoon retail sugar business.

Michelle Russell | 5 Nov 2013

Associated British Foods saw its share price dip this morning (5 November) as an expected drop in sugar earnings weighed on its outlook, despite an improvement in grocery.

Dean Best | 27 Jun 2013

The profitability of food and grocery suppliers operating in Australia is "significantly below" international competitors, a report has claimed.

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.

Dean Best | 23 Apr 2013

Half-year profits from Associated British Foods' grocery business rose almost 30% as the company lapped last year's figures, which included restructuring costs in the UK and Australia.

Dean Best | 22 Nov 2012

Australian food group Goodman Fielder, which has made losses in its last two financial years, said today (22 November) it had secured a "milestone" agreement on prices and recovering input costs.

Dean Best | 10 Sep 2012

Associated British Foods today (10 September) revealed it had taken an impairment charge of A$150m (US$155m) on its Australian meat business as it battles "difficult" trading conditions in the market.

Michelle Russell | 24 Apr 2012

Associated British Foods has said it expects "substantial" growth in full-year earnings after its first-half results benefited from a strong performance by its sugar division and Primark.

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).

Dean Best | 19 Jan 2012

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

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). | 8 Apr 2011

A number of Australian grocery retailers and manufacturers have agreed to reduced the amount of salt and saturated fat in their products as part of a partnership with the country's government. | 28 Feb 2011

Shares in Associated British Foods fell in early trading as the manufacturer said its interim results will be "in-line with expectations". | 7 Feb 2011

Peter Kean, the managing director of Lion Nathan New Zealand, has been appointed to lead the group's National Foods business unit in Australia. | 7 Feb 2011

Associated British Foods' Australian subsidiary George Weston Foods (GWF) has appointed Andrew Reeves as its new chief executive.

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