Chocolate and sugar-based confectionery maker Glisten has posted an 11% rise in half-year sales and said its acquisitions of Sunya, F Fravigar and Penguin Confectionery, bode well for the year.

Interim pre-tax profit to December 31was up 11.5% to £950,000, while turnover rose £9.4m.

Glisten said sales and margins were affected during the first quarter by the hot summer and added that it has taken steps to mitigate the impact of another hot summer by improving temperature control and air-flow in sensitive areas of its factory.

Looking ahead, the company expects to grow sales at Sunya in the second half and would continue to pursue acquisition opportunities to consolidate its presence in the confectionery, snacking and ingredients sectors.