Food company Huegli Holding has announced a rise in sales to 129.9m Swiss francs in the first half of 2005, from 116.5m in the same period last year.

Profit increased to 9.6m francs from 7.5m last year.

The strongest growth in sales was in the company's Health and Natural Food division, which saw a 26.0% rise to 22.9m francs. Food Service sales were up 7.0% at 54.9m francs, Private Label sales were up 6.6% at 29.2m francs and Industrial Food sales were up 18.3% at 21.8m francs.

The company said it was its best half year ever.