Profits at Robert Wiseman Dairies tumbled by almost a third in the past year.

The dairy giant said operating profits slumped by 29.7% for the year to 2 April to £35.3m – down from £50.3m for the previous term.

Total sales for the period were up 3.5% to £917.5m, buoyed by new business including a 10% hike in supply volumes to Tesco. Group debt was reduced from £21.1m in 2010 to just £4.9m.

“We continue to make progress in very challenging economic and market conditions,” said executive chairman Robert Wiseman.

“Despite oil-related headwinds our business remains strong, profitable and cash-generative. We are focused on reinforcing our position as the most efficient company in the fresh milk sector.”

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