UK meat supplier Hilton Food Group said today (3 November) it was "encouraged" with its performance this year after reporting recent trading had been "in line" with expectations.

The company said trading from 18 July to date had benefited from its "geographic diversity" despite "challenging conditions for consumers in some markets".

Hilton said its operations in western Europe had made "good progress", with the business benefiting from the recovery in the Swedish recovery. It said it had seen "solid performances" in Ireland and the Netherlands and added that volumes are increasing in Denmark since it started production earlier this year.

In Central Europe, meanwhile, Hilton said its performance had "improved" during the period covered by the trading update.