French dairy processor Bongrain has booked a drop in first-half profits after the company recorded an impairment charge on its Spanish operations.

In the six months to the end of June, net profit slid 7.4% to EUR36.1m (US$45.3m), the company reported today (30 August). The decline was a result of a EUR9m charge in the period, it said.

Operating profit, however, was up 31% at EUR79.2m. Bongrain said it benefited from “good results” in its cheese operations outside Europe.

Sales in the period amounted to EUR1.98bn, a 5.3% increase on the prior year. The company recorded organic growth of 2.7%.