By FWi staff
PROFITS in dairy giant Unigate rocketed last year.
Impressive performances from the groups fresh food and dairy enterprises helped Unigates overall pre-tax profits rise by 13% to £146.4 million.
The company said its St Ivel foods range – which includes Shape desserts, Golden Churn and Teletubbies yoghurts, performed particularly well.
Pre-tax profits in the companys dairy products arm did even better. They soared 17% to £40.5 million – the first time profits have climbed since the abolition of the Milk Marketing Board in 1994.
Meanwhile, Unigate officials said the group will keep looking for aquisitions, despite its abortive £1.6 billion bid for food-to-furniture group Hillsdown.
Unigates Hillsdown bid collapsed late last month. But finance director John Worby said take-over attempts of similar-sized companies could not be ruled out if they were “right for shareholders.”