Strong performances from the Sun-Maid brand, popcorn and seasonal products boosted profits at food group Glisten.

Chief executive Paul Simmonds said the acquisition of The Glisten Company, now renamed Glisten Confectionery, last June had been lucrative.

He added: “In June 2002 we obtained expanded rights to market Sun-Maid chocolate products in Scandinavia and in November 2002 we secured UK rights. Sales of Sun-Maid were 20% ahead of last year.”

Simmonds said the 2002 Christmas range had sold well: “Our premium and novelty ranges were particularly successful and these are areas we expect to exploit further.”

Popcorn sales had also been good. “In spring we completed a £101,000 capital investment to build on sales growth of 15% in 2002/03 with a substantially improved product,” said Simmonds.

Glisten’s sales in the year to June 30 rose by 9.3% from £14.3m to £15.6m. Pre-tax profit rose by 16.5% from £1.17m to £1.36m in the same period.