At its annual general meeting yesterday, ice-cream manufacturer Richmond Foods announced that trading over the Christmas period was in line with its expectations, despite being its seasonally quietest quarter of the year.

Chairman Ross Warburton, said: “Results for the full year will depend, as usual, on the trading performance in the second half of the financial year.”

He noted that since the start of the new financial year the ice cream market had shown signs of reaching similar winter levels seen in recent years, despite a decline over the summer months.

Warburton also stated that the Board remained confident that the company will make further progress during 2005.