Higher raw material costs have hit annual profits at Indian bakery and dairy group Britannia Industries.

Britannia, India’s largest biscuit maker, said yesterday (27 May) that net profit for the year to 31 March reached INR1.43bn (US$30m) – down from INR1.77bn a year earlier.

Sales climbed from from INR2.78trn last year to INR3.42trn in fiscal 2008/09. However, a  24% jump in raw material costs pushed down Britannia’s profits.

Britannia is set to come under the full control of Indian conglomerate Wadia Group after Danone sold its indirect stake in the business last month.