Addressing shareholders at today's (25 October) annual general meeting, Thorntons' chairman John von Spreckelsen said that the company trading was in line with expectations, adding that the company was focusing on delivering sustainable sales and profits growth in order to increase shareholder value.

"At the time of the preliminary results, I outlined a number of steps designed to enhance the Thorntons offer and improve sales performance. We have launched a number of new products including the single origin and organics ranges, which are designed to improve our customer offer and meet consumer demand for healthier indulgence choices," von Spreckelsen said.

Looking at the company's performance, he commented: "Trading remains in line with expectations."