Ice cream manufacturer Richmond Foods said that following its strong interim results it expected a "further improvement" in the second half.

In the first half, luxury and single portion ice cream performed well, while pre-tax losses fell to £199,000 from £720,000 last year.

Richmond said it plans to continue its capital investment programme "to reduce its cost to operate, expand capacity and bring genuine innovation to both the branded and private label sectors of the market".

Results for the year will be made on December 1.

Richmond also announced the appointment of Numis Securities as company brokers.

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