Britain's Most Admired Companies 2013: Food producers

The UK is a nation of gourmands - and noshed up a storm in 2013. But was it enough to fill its food producers' stomachs?

Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch owner of brands such as Ben & Jerry's and Persil, heads the sector for the fourth consecutive year, takes third place in BMAC overall and wins the awards for retaining and developing talent and community and environmental responsibility. Yet it follows a mixed year for the FMCG giant, which recently had its worst quarterly sales results in four years. Bargain fashion business Primark is still the driving force behind strong earnings at ABF, as its grocery business continues to feel the pressure. Irish dairy giant Kerry Group had a good Q3 with business volumes up 3.2%. Poultry and ready meals giant 2 Sisters Food Group, maker of Goodfella's pizzas and Fox's biscuits, suffered a full-year loss of £33.5m, compared to £42.5m profit in 2012.

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