UK ice-cream maker Richmond Foods said today [Thursday] that it expects annual results for the year to 29 September to be in line with analysts' forecasts.

Coming to the close of its first key summer trading season since its acquisition of Nestlé's branded ice-cream business, Richmond said turnover for the year would be approximately 30% up on the previous year.

Branded sales have made a strong contribution, the company said in a media statement, while product development across the board was healthy. The new cost base has benefited operating efficiencies, the company added.