Canadian food and drink manufacturer Lassonde Industries has booked an increase in first-half profits.

In the six months to the end of June, earnings climbed 16.8% to C$21.6m (US$21.7m). The acquisition of juice firm Clement and Pappas & Co contributed to profit in the period and offset acquisition-related costs, the company said.

Operating profit in the period totalled C$33.8m, an 55.8% increase on the prior-year period. 

Sales increased 75% in the six-month period to total C$279.9m.