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Associated British Foods is a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group with sales of £15.4bn, 133,000 employees and operations in 50 countries across Europe, southern Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia.

Our purpose is to provide safe, nutritious, affordable food and clothing that is great value for money.

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



Twinings and Ovaltine are our global hot beverage brands.


Silver Spoon and Billington’s sugars, 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 and Spanish beet sugar factories produce over two million tonnes of sugar annually and Vivergo Fuels produces 420 million litres of bioethanol each year.


We operate two well-invested and profitable beet sugar factories in Hebei and Inner Mongolia, with annual sugar production of some 180,000 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 both yeast and bakery ingredient production with 52 plants, a presence in 32 countries and sales in over 90 countries, supporting and enabling the worlds bakers, both large and small, across craft/artisan and industrial.

Specialty 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 approximately 60,000 permanent employees. It operates over 300 stores in eleven countries: the UK, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, France Italy and US.

It offers customers high quality commercial fashion at value for money prices, put simply, “Amazing Fashion, Amazing 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.

2017 Corporate Responsibility Update
ABF CR Update

Read about our activities and the positive role we play, both socially and environmentally in our 2017 CR Update.

Fact sheet
ABF factsheet front cover

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