A strong performance from melons and pineapples has helped fruit importer Fyffes to a marginal uplift in profits, despite a tough year for bananas.

Fyffes adjusted profit ­before tax rose 0.2%, to 21.3m, in the year ended 31 December 2010, following a 2.1% increase in ­revenue, to 742.1m.

While EBITA rose by 0.6m overall, aided by a 4.9m rise on melons and a 0.6m increase for pineapples, EBITA on bananas fell 7.5m during the year because of adverse weather, higher input costs and unfavourable exchange rates.