Lotus Bakeries enjoys growth organically, via M&A
Natural brands help Lotus grow
Lotus Bakeries has reported a surge in first-half sales and earnings, with the Belgium-based snacks group reporting underlying and M&A-driven growth.
The company said sales increased 31.1% in the first six months of the year, rising to EUR256.4m (US$289.1m). Organic growth stood at 14% in the period, Lotus revealed.
Higher revenue was supported by increased international demand for its original caramelised biscuits, Lotus Biscoff, its spread product under the same name and the contribution of its natural foods division, which centre around four brands the company has acquired in the last year - Nakd, Trek, Bear and Urban Fruit.
Lotus Bakeries revealed compared to the first half of 2015, the turnover from its natural foods division has seen organic growth of "well over" 25%.
Operating profit rose 53.4% to EUR43.39m. "The increase in the operating result is due to strong growth in turnover for Lotus Biscoff, Lotus Biscoff spread and for [the] natural foods [division]," Lotus noted. Net earnings increased 43% to EUR30.84m.
CEO Jan Boone said: "The results for the first half of the year have exceeded even my own expectations. I'm especially proud that we continue to grow so strongly with our core product, the Lotus Biscoff biscuit, with which it all started for my grandfather over 80 years ago. We're already present in many countries with Lotus Biscoff, but I'm convinced that we can win over many more consumers around the world with our unique taste."
Lotus Bakeries applies its brand policy both by strengthening its leadership in existing local markets and by internationalisation of Lotus original caramelised biscuits and the Dinosaurus and Annas b...
Belgium’s location gives it access to most of the leading economically developed companies in Europe, which along with a highly skilled labour force, have helped to boost the country’s economy....
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