Food ingredients group Symrise said today (4 May) that its first-quarter profits had almost doubled thanks to a 13% rise in sales and the benefit of restructuring moves undertaken last year.

Flavours maker Symrise reported net income of EUR40.4m, up sharply from EUR20.9m a year earlier. The company booked a 13.2% rise in sales in local currencies to EUR392.5m.

Sales in Asia-Pacific rose 17% and Symrise said emerging markets now accounted for 44% of revenues.

However, CEO Heinz-Jürgen Bertram added: "We are also pleased about the very positive development of markets in both Western and Eastern Europe. The sharp jump in earnings confirms that our company is in excellent shape."