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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...

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.

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.

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.

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

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 | 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 | 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. | 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. | 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.

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.

Dean Best | 19 Sep 2016

Associated British Foods has taken its Jordans cereal brand into France's cereal bar market.

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.

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

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

Dean Best | 11 Aug 2014

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

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.

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Apr 2014

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

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.

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 | 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.

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).

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.

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).

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. | 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.

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