Glisten has posted a resilient performance for the first 18 weeks of the current financial year.

The own-label confectionery company, which also makes Dormen's bagged snacks, reported a 5% increase in like-for-like sales while total sales were up 15% to £24.3m.

"Despite the difficult trading environment, which is slowing the progress of all our business units to differing degrees, we have had a reasonable start to the year," said chairman Jeremy Hamer.

As a result of the current market, the second-half programme had been amended to deliver value, he added, which included the launch of a range of 'price-fighting' natural snacking products retailing at about 99p.

Christmas, New Year and the post-Christmas period - when consumers turn to healthier foods after making new year resolutions - remain key trading times for the business, he said.