Sweets and snacks group Zetar has reported a 17% increase in half-year EBITDA to £3.5m on sales up 26% at £48m.

Acquisitions and new products lifted sales, with sales in its natural & premium snacks division and confectionery division up 45% and 14%, but down in its newly-established baked snacks business.

“We are pleased that despite the challenging market conditions and excluding baked snacks' initial losses, the group has maintained its record of successful year-on-year progress,” said CEO Ian Blackburn.