SunOpta has said it is pleased with its half-year performance, after reporting rises in both sales and profits.

For the 26 weeks to the end of June, SunOpta saw net sales rise by 4% to US$541.6m. Net profits, meanwhile, jumped by 38% on the same period of last year, to $14.97m, despite a fall in earnings from non-controlling interests.

Earnings from continuing operations rose by 11%, while operating profits rose by 26% to $27m. 

Steve Bromley, CEO of SunOpta, said: “We are very pleased with our second quarter and first-half results as they reflect continued momentum in our core natural and organic foods business, plus the positive impact of operational improvements.”