Greencore Group has warned that full-year operating profit in its convenience foods division will fall by around 8%.

“The convenience foods division has experienced a difficult second half of the year, with unseasonal weather conditions in the UK, together with currently unrecovered raw material price inflation, contributing to an expected decline in full-year operating profits of approximately 8% on FY06,” the group said in a trading update.

“Market conditions remain challenging with significant further input cost inflation anticipated,” it added.

However, its ingredients and related property division had “performed strongly” and was expected to deliver a “significant increase” on last year's profit.

“This increase will more than offset the impact of the weak second half in convenience foods,” Greencore said.