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Notification of Major Interest in Shares

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19 March 2007

  1. Identity of the issuer or the underlying issuer of existing shares to which voting rights are attached (ii)

    Associated British Foods plc
  2. Reason for the notification (please place an X inside the appropriate bracket/s): An acquisition or disposal of voting rights: ( )

    An acquisition or disposal of financial instruments which may result in the acquisition of shares already issued to which voting rights are attached: ( )

    An event changing the breakdown of voting rights: ( )

    Other (please specify): Initial notification, made under TP7

  3. Full name of person(s) subject to the notification obligation (iii):
    A. Garfield Weston Foundation
    B. Wittington Investments Limited
    C. Howard Investments Limited

  4. Full name of shareholder(s) (if different from 3.) (iv):
    Wittington Investments Limited
    Howard Investments Limited

  5. Date of the transaction (and date on which the threshold is crossed or reached if different) (v):
    Not applicable - this notification is made under TP7

  6. Date on which issuer notified:
    March 19, 2007

  7. Threshold(s) that is/are crossed or reached: See 5 above.

  8. Notified details:
    Garfield Weston Foundation owns 79.2% of the issued share capital of Wittington Investments Limited;
    Wittington Investments Limited owns 431,518,108 ordinary shares (50.9%) of the Issuer's issued ordinary capital;
    Wittington Investments Limited owns 100% of the issued share capital of Howard Investments Limited, which owns 28,173,889 ordinary shares (3.6%) of the Issuer's issued ordinary share capital;
    The Garfield Weston Foundation indirectly owns 431,515,108 ordinary shares (54.5%) in the Issuer, making the Foundation the Issuer's ultimate controlling party.

A: Voting rights attached to shares

Class/type of shares if
possible using the ISIN CODE
Situation previous to the Triggering transaction (vi)
Number of sharesNumber of voting Rights (viii)
Ordinary shares of
5 15/22 pence each
ISIN Code:
GB0006731235
431,515,108431,515,108

Resulting situation after the triggering transaction (vii)

Class/type of shares if
possible using the ISIN CODE
Number of sharesNumber of voting rights (ix)% of voting rights
DirectDirect (x)Indirect (xi)DirectIndirect
As above.
No change in situation - TP7 applies
Wittington Investments Limited403,341,215403,341,21528,173,89350.93.6
Howard Investments Limited28,173,89328,173,893-3.6
Garfield Weston Foundation--431,515,10854.5

B: Financial Instruments

Resulting situation after the triggering transaction (xii)

Type of financial instrumentExpiration Date (xiii)Exercise/Conversion Period/ Date (xiv)Number of voting rights that may be acquired if the instrument is exercised/ converted.% of voting rights
N/A
Total (A+B) Number of voting rights% of voting rights
431,515,10854.5%
  1. Chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the financial instruments are effectively held, if applicable (xv):
    Garfield Weston Foundation to Wittington Investments Limited:
    Wittington Investments Limited to i) Howard Investments Limited to the Issuer; and (ii) the Issuer.

     

Proxy Voting:

  1. Name of the proxy holder:
    N/A

  2. Number of voting rights proxy holder will cease to hold:
    N/A

  3. Date on which proxy holder will cease to hold voting rights:
    N/A

  4. Additional information:
    This notification is made to satisfy the notifying parties' obligations on the coming into force of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules and the Transitional Provisions

  5. Contact name:
    Rosalyn Mendelsohn
    Deputy Company Secretary
    Associated British Foods plc

  6. Contact telephone number:
    020 7399 6500
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