Ireland-based produce group Fyffes said today (13 May) that it remains “on course” to meet its earnings targets for this year.

Fyffes, which this week announced that it had bought a pineapple business in Panama, said trading had been in line with expectations”.

“Fyffes has previously indicated that it is targeting an adjusted EBIT for 2009 in the range of EUR14-18m (US$19.1-24.6m),” the company said. “While it is relatively early in the year, Fyffes remains on course to achieve its earnings target for 2009.”

In March, Fyffes revealed that full-year profits had plummeted due to a loss from a property investment and increased costs.

Net income for the 12 months ended 31 December sank to EUR70,000, down from EUR9.3m last year, and pre-tax profit before one-time items declined to EUR15.9m, down from EUR18.4m.

Profits were dented by a loss of EUR28.6m from Fyffes’ share of Blackrock International Land.