Food manufacturer Real Good Food Co has reported strong first-half trading in its Napier Brown Foods business and bakery division.

Sales at Napier Brown Foods for the six months to 30 June were significantly ahead of the same period last year, the group said in a trading update, although increases in distribution costs had eroded some improvement in margins.

Sales volumes were ahead of last year in its bakery division, but were slightly down in its bakery ingredients division.

Meanwhile, group managing director John Gibson will leave his role in September due to personal reasons.