ABF Sugar produces a range of food, feeds, fuels and other products from sugar cane, sugar beet and wheat in Africa, the UK, Spain and China.




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ABF Sugar is a group of agribusinesses which together employ 30,000 people and operate 20 plants in nine countries, with the capacity to produce some 4.5 million tonnes of sugar annually. We farm more than 330,000 hectares worldwide by ourselves, and by over 25,000 growers.

In Africa, we have sugar cane operations in Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, and packing operations in Rwanda. We are the largest sugar producer in Spain and in the UK we are the sole processor of the beet sugar crop and one of the largest bioethanol producers. We also have a sugar business in China.

Our sugar-making plants are efficient bio-refineries that enable us to produce a range of products including sugar, animal feed, biofuels and a number of speciality products. We have the market leading consumer brand in over half our markets, including Silver Spoon in the UK, Azucarera in Spain, Bwana Sukari in Tanzania, White Spoon in Zambia and Illovo in multiple markets. We are also a large-scale power generator, with renewable sources providing 60% of our own energy use as well as significant renewable energy exports into national grids.

Although we have a global portfolio, we operate on a local basis, working together to do what is right in each location and market. As we continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of customers, growers and others, our role is to ensure we use resources responsibly, build strong rural economies and support local communities.

Our Sugar brands



Azucarera is the leading sugar company in Iberia offering a wide range of product choice for in-home consumption, from brown and white sugar to syrups and sweetener.

Azucarera website
Bwana Sukari

Bwana Sukari

Bwana Sukari is produced by Kilombero Sugar and is a market leader in the branded sugar category, known and enjoyed by many across Tanzania.

Bwana Sukari website
Illovo "Trusted Quality"

Illovo "Trusted Quality"

Under the “Trusted Quality” brand, sugar produced by Illovo Sugar Malawi leads the sector - we are proudly local and in the homes of many Malawians starting their every day with Illovo – Tseketseke!

Illovo Sugar website


Sugar is sold locally under Illovo’s “Trusted Quality” brand in Rwanda and in South Africa where it leads the industrial sugar market sector. In Malawi, Illovo is the country’s leading sugar producer for consumer and industrial markets.

White Spoon website

Our Sugar businesses

ABF Sugar is a leading producer of sugar and sugar derived co-products in Africa, the UK, Spain and north east China. We operate 20 plants in 9 countries and have 30,000 employees. We have the capacity to produce some 4.5 million tonnes of sugar annually. Our products are sold into industry sectors including food and drink, pharmaceutical, industrial, agricultural and horticultural, power and energy.

AB Sugar China operates two sugar beet plants in northern China, producing over 180,000 tonnes of sugar annually, with co-products including molasses and animal feed. 

Azucarera is a leading sugar producer in Iberia, supplying industrial and retail customers in Spain and Portugal. With sugar beet plants, a logistics and packaging plant, a research and development centre, a raw sugar cane refinery and a power plant situated across northern and southern Spain; the business also produces co-products including animal feed, agricultural fertilisers and electricity.

British Sugar is the sole processer of the UK’s sugar beet crop, producing around 1.2 million tonnes of sugar at its four advanced manufacturing plants across East Anglia and the East Midlands each year. We also produce a variety of co-products including animal feed, bioethanol, topsoil, aggregate, LimeX and electricity through our combined heat and power plants.

Illovo is the largest cane sugar producer in Africa, with over 1.7 million tonnes produced annually. We have operations in Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. We produce raw and refined sugar from sugar cane supplied by our own farms and independent growers, as well as a range of co-products including furfural and its derivatives, ethyl alcohol and co-generated electricity. 

Vivergo is one of Europe’s biggest bioethanol producers and the United Kingdom’s largest single-source supplier of animal feed. At full production, we can produce enough bioethanol to meet half of the UK’s current demand.

Other sectors to explore


Grocery comprises brands which occupy leading positions in markets across the globe. In the UK, nine out of 10 households use our brands.


Our Ingredients businesses are leaders in yeast and bakery ingredients as well as in specialty ingredients for the food, human and animal nutrition, pharmaceutical and various other industries.


AB Agri is an international agri-food business and a leader in the UK supplying farm performance services, animal feed, speciality ingredients and supplements to farms, feed manufacturers, food producers and retailers.


Primark is one of the largest clothing retailers in Europe, with the highest sales by volume in the UK and a growing presence in the US. In total, we have 432 stores in 16 countries across Europe and the US.

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