Hilton Food Group, the UK-listed meat packing business, has issued a cautiously upbeat update for its prospects in 2008.

The company said today (14 January) that it is "positive" about its outlook for the year ahead after trading over the last 12 months was in line with expectations.

Chief executive Robert Watson said: "We have continued to build on the progress made in the first half of the year. Prospects for 2008 in all our European markets are positive and we are continuing to explore growth opportunities."

In December, Hilton started supplying Tesco's central European stores from its plant in Poland on a trial basis. The trial, Hilton said, was "progressing well".

Hilton will issue its full-year results on 15 April.