Combined sales of its four key brands – Cathedral City, Clover, Frylight and Country Life – were 6% higher in the three months ended June 30 compared with the same period last year.
Dairy Crest’s two largest brands, Cathedral City and Clover, were the standout performers, with both businesses growing revenues by 10%.
“2018/19 has started as we expected, with our two most important brands, Cathedral City and Clover, delivering a strong performance,” said chief executive Mark Allen.
“While the butter market remains challenging, our spreads portfolio continues to go from strength to strength, demonstrating the benefit of our diversified portfolio.
“Our Functional Ingredients business is becoming more established and the customer base continues to build.
He added: “Innovation is the cornerstone of this business and we expect to announce several new product launches before the end of 2018. Following the May capital raise our balance sheet is more robust and our expectations for the full year remain unchanged.”