UK food manufacturer Cranswick said it was pleased with third quarter trading and and saw continued growth in the sales of value-added products against strong comparative figures.

The Yorkshire-based firm noted that North Wales Foods, a supplier of sandwiches and sandwich ingredients, has performed well in the nine weeks since it was bought by Cranswick at the end of October.

Cranswick said it remains on track to meet expectations for the full-year. It added that cashflow was strong notwithstanding the purchase of North Wales Foods plus capital expenditure on the construction of the new retail packing facility at its pork processing plant in Hull.

Cranswick has posted a 22% rise in second half food sales, while pre-tax profit to the end of September rose to £9.8m from £6.6m on turnover up 19% to £121.9m from £102.6m last year.