Ice cream manufacturer Richmond Foods posted a 28% jump in full year pre-tax profit on the back of increased market share in the UK.

For the year to September pre-tax profit rose to £10.5m from £8.2m, as sales rose 9% to £127.2m.

Richmond's share of the take home market - which accounts for 80% of its turnover - rose from 24.8% to 27.7%, due to successful launches of own label lines at Sainsbury, Safeway and the Co-op and of its Nestlé tub range.

In the impulse sector share grew from 24.6% to 25.1% in a market boosted by the hot summer.

Chairman Ross Warburton said: “We look forward to continuing to grow market share over the next 12 months and to make further progress towards our strategic goal of being the UK's leading ice cream manufacturer by value."