Premier Foods has reported a 6.3% increase in group sales for the 17 weeks to 26 April.

The food manufacturer said it had made good progress in recovering commodity inflation through a number of price increases, boosting sales by 2.4% in its grocery business, 14.4% in its baking and milling business and 2% in its chilled and Ireland business.

Group trading profit for the period was in line with expectation, Premier Foods added, and the integration of RHM and Campbell's continued apace.

It was also planning a “fundamental rejuvenation” of Hovis, which would be unveiled in the second half of the year.

“We are pleased with our progress so far this year and trading is in line with our expectations,” added CEO Robert Schofield.