Robert Wiseman has said that its results for the six months to 29 September will be in line with expectations.

Sales volumes and turnover for the period were, to date, in line with forecast, Robert Wiseman group finance director Billy Keane said in a trading update released this morning.

Despite intense competition, margins in the first half-year had “continued their slow recovery” and would be broadly in line with the second half of the last financial year, he added.

However, plastic costs remained a concern and although these had been recovered in selling prices over the last few months, the company would monitor for any further increases.

Robert Wiseman had also increased the prices paid to its milk suppliers but these costs had been successfully recovered from the vast majority of its customers.

'We remain optimistic that we are in excellent shape going forward,” Keane added.