Animal Feed &
A B N
This briefing aims to give campaigners an insight into the company
and so help them to find ways of persuading the company to stop
using GM ingredients. If successful, campaigners will be robbing
the likes of Monsanto and AgrEvo of one of their largest sources of
income in the UK.
What is ABN?
ABN (Associated British Nutrition) is a subsidiary of Associated
British Foods (ABF) PLC, which also owns many well-known brands
such as Allinson, Kingsmill and Sunblest breads, Ryvita, Twinings
teas and Silver Spoon sugar . ABN produces most of its animal
feed through a subsidiary of the company called J. Bibby Agriculture.
Other subsidiaries also manufacture animal feed (more on back page).
As well as manufacturing animal feed, ABN are involved in the
management of various livestock schemes and the merchandising of
agricultural products. The company also owns the fifth largest animal
feed manufacturer in China, ABN Huinong Feed Company .
ABN is a member of the United Kingdom Agricultural Supply Trade
Association (UKASTA) (for more on UKASTA see briefing
‘Introduction and Strategic Overview’, details back page). Its
representative there is Dr Helen Raine, ABN Technical Director (see
'Other Key People' below).
Earlier this year the company ran a free school milk competition with
14 dairies and the Express newspaper. The prize for the 14 lucky
winning schools was free milk for the rest of the year. The aim of the
competition was to encourage young children to drink milk as,
according to ABN 's Rory McKibbin, research has shown that a
lifetime's drinking habits are established by the age of 12 .
J. Bibby has several livestock research projects around the country.
Some of these are at institutions that will be familiar to many anti-GE
campaigners. This is not a comprehensive list.
Rowett Research Institute
Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh and Auchincruive
ADAS Feed Evaluation Unit
ADAS Dairy Research Centre
ABN Pig and Poultry Research Unit