Higher charges have hit MamaMancini's second-quarter bottom line resulting in a higher loss for the first half of its financial year.

For the six months ended 31 July, the meatball maker recorded a loss of US$2m compared with a loss of $1.5m last year.

The firm reported an operating loss of $1.6m compared with negative $1.4m on the back of higher operating costs and cost of sales.

Sales increased to $6.1m compared with $4.8m.

MamaMancini's said for the second quarter net losses were higher at $1m compared with $793,300 as a result of a one off legal cost for non-operating financing activities, and an increase in non-operating expenses.

For the second quarter the firm posted an operating loss of $762,900 compared with $766,600.

Sales were 22% higher at $2.7m. The company pointed to the "execution of its expansion strategy". It has sold into approximately 10,500 retail and grocery locations as of 31 July 2015, compared to approximately 8,600 locations at 31 July 2014.