US natural foods producer Hain Celestial has posted a rise in quarterly profit, boosted by higher demand for organic and natural foods. The Melville, New York-based company reported profit of US$6.5m, or 19 cents a share, for the first quarter to 30 September, compared to $4.7m, or 14 cents a share, a year earlier. Analysts had been expecting earnings of 18 cents a share, reported Reuters.