Strong demand for health, functional and convenience foods helped Kerry Group post an 8.5% rise in first-half sales.
The Dublin-based group, which has made a string of acquisitions in ingredients and flavours, foodservice, ready meals and chilled desserts, has set up teams to focus on the functional,sports/lifestyle and nutrition areas.
Work is progressing on the second phase of a €14m investment at its Charleville plant to expand Cheestrings capacity. A milk rich in Omega-3 has been launched in Ireland.
Pre-tax profit was up 1% to €88.09m on turnover up 8.5% to €1.96bn for the six months to June 30.