Hilton Food Group was reported a rise in sales for the past six months despite “downtrading in some of our markets”.

The meat packer said sales for the 28 weeks to 15 July were up across Western Europe, particularly in Denmark. That was in the face of “challenging market conditions and constrained consumer demand” elsewhere.

It warned that raw material prices were still high and said currency fluctuations would also hit its bottom line.

“Our UK business has grown, but consumer demand remains constrained and the product mix has been affected by the continuing high prices of meat,” Hilton said in a trading statement.

The group will publish its half-year results on 11 September.