Zetar , the UK snacks and confectionery group, said today (23 April) that full-year profits will be “in line” with the previous 12 months due to losses at its new snack unit.

In a trading update ahead of its results on 30 April, Zetar said its Baked Snacks Company division had incurred start-up losses of GBP1m (US$2m) after a clutch of product launches were postponed.

The division was formed last May after the acquisition of snacks firm Britannia.

Nevertheless, Zetar said annual revenue would rise 15% to GBP110m, thanks to growing sales of confectionery and “natural and premium snacks”.

Confectionery sales rose 11% to GBP68m, Zetar said, while snacks sales reached GBP40m. The Baked Snacks Company generated sales of GBP2m in its first few months of operation.