Sales of Dairy Crest’s key brands increased by 5% in the first quarter, the company announced today as it issued its interim management statement.

The figure comprises the Cathedral City, Country Life, Clover, St Hubert Omega 3 and Frijj brands.

Chief executive Mark Allen said Dairy Crest was dealing with the challenges of higher input costs and an increasingly tough consumer environment by focusing on its key brands and becoming more efficient.

“We remain committed to innovating and investing in our brands and our facilities for long-term benefit,” Allen said.

Dairy Crest will announce its half-yearly trading update on 19 September.

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