Sugar manufacturer Tate & Lyle claimed performance in the last six months had exceeded expectations, in a trading statement released today. 

However, its performance was worse than the same period the previous year when it benefited from a spike in commodity prices. 

Operating profit for the six months to 30 September 2009 is expected to be broadly in line with the level of the comparative period, said CEO Iain Ferguson. 

Its sucralose products were had experienced a double-digit increase volume in the period he said. 

“The encouraging start to the year that we reported in our interim management statement in July has continued, with performance in the first half year, before the impact of exchange translation, remaining ahead of our expectations,” he said.