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Competition Clearance


31 March 2009

European Commission clearance of proposed acquisition of Azucarera Ebro

Associated British Foods plc (“ABF”), the international food, ingredients and retail group, has today confirmed that the European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition by ABF of Azucarera Ebro, the leading sugar producer in Iberia. Completion of the transaction is expected at the end of April.

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Associated British Foods
John Bason, Finance Director                                  Tel:  020 7399 6500

Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Jonathan Clare, Chris Barrie, Hannah Seward    Tel:  020 7638 9571