Real Good Food Company announces optimistic results

By Catherine Boal

- Last updated on GMT

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Despite warning of a possible drop in sales, UK bakery and
ingredients manufacturer, the Real Good Food Company (RGFC), has
said it is on track to meet targets when it announces interim
results later in the year.

RGFC warned of falling sales in its sugar division in May but its bakery and ingredients sectors have helped to stabilise company figures.

Renshaw - the company's baking ingredients division - has "made a significant impact"​, according to a trading report released by the group.

Factory efficiency in RGFC's bakery sector was stepped up along with efforts to regain business lost within the last year.

Sales of baking ingredients are up for the first half of the financial year and, on a like for like basis, margins are slightly increased. The company said they expect a further increase in the second half.

Subsidiary business, Hayden's Bakeries, saw a 5 per cent rise in sales in the last year.

RGFC are confident of a growth in profits, following the news that retailing giant, Marks and Spencer, would extend the volume of company products they carry in store and the addition of two new supermarket trading partners in the first six months of the year.

The company warned that progress in improving the company's cost base has been slow but predicted that it would rise due to investments in the next year.

It stated: "The Group now enters its important summer and Christmas trading periods with settled, devolved management teams focused upon delivering profit growth in the second half."

RGFC's sugar business Napier Brown Foods, who supplies the Wm Morrison supermarkets and was acquired by the company last year, has recovered from a dip in the sugar market and its margins are in line with those recorded at the same time last year.

RGFC, whose biggest retailer customer is Waitrose, recorded sales of £117.6m (€170.3m) in 2005. It will announce its yearly results at the end of September this year.

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