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Associated British Foods is a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group with sales of £12.8bn, 124,000 employees and operations in 48 countries across Europe, southern Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia.

We aim to achieve strong, sustainable leadership positions in markets that offer potential for profitable growth, and deliver quality products and services that are central to people’s lives.

Our business is split into five segments: Grocery; Sugar; Agriculture; Ingredients; and Retail.



Twinings and Ovaltine are our global hot beverage brands.


Market leader in UK sugar with Silver Spoon and Billington’s. Other major brands include Jordans and Dorset cereals, Ryvita, Kingsmill, Patak’s and Blue Dragon.

The Americas

Mazola is the leader in corn oil in the US. Capullo is a premium canola oil in Mexico. Tone’s, Spice Islands and Durkee are US herbs and spices brands.


Ham, bacon and smallgoods under Don and KRC brands. Tip Top Bakeries produce a range of well-known breads and baked goods.



Our UK beet sugar factories produce over 1 million tonnes of sugar annually. Azucarera in Spain produces over 400,000 tonnes of beet sugar each year and has a cane refining capacity of a further 400,000 tonnes.


We operate five cane sugar mills in Guangxi Province and two beet sugar factories in the north east of the country. Continuous investment has raised annual sugar capacity to over 800,000 tonnes.

Southern Africa

Illovo is Africa’s largest sugar producer with agricultural and production facilities in six countries. Typical annual sugar production of 1.7 million tonnes.


AB Agri

AB Agri operates at the heart of the agricultural industry. Its unique breadth and experience enable it to add value all along the food, drink and biofuel industry supply chains.

AB Agri supplies products and services to farmers, feed and food manufacturers, processors and retailers. It also buys grain from farmers and supplies crop inputs through its joint venture arable operation, Frontier Agriculture.

AB Agri employs more than 2,200 people in the UK and China and markets products in more than 65 countries worldwide.


Yeast and bakery ingredients

AB Mauri operates globally in yeast and bakery ingredient production with 52 plants in 26 countries, supplying plant and artisanal bakers and the foodservice and wholesale channels. It is a technology leader in bread improvers, dough conditioners and bakery mixes.

Speciality ingredients

ABF Ingredients focuses on high-value ingredients for food and non-food applications. It manufactures and markets enzymes, lipids, yeast extracts, and cereal specialities worldwide with manufacturing facilities in Europe and the US.



Primark is a major retail group employing 61,000 people. It operates stores in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, France and US.

It offers customers quality, up-to-the-minute fashion merchandise at value-for-money prices.

Buying and merchandising teams in Dublin (Republic of Ireland) and Reading (UK) travel internationally to source and buy fashion items that best reflect each season’s key fashion trends. Primark’s range includes womenswear, lingerie, childrenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, hosiery and homeware.

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