Seasoning maker Vedan International has reported a 15% rise in first-half earnings, helped by higher demand for its products and lower costs.

Hong Kong-listed Vedan, which makes seasonings and food additives in China and Vietnam, reported a net profit of US$9.93m for the six months to June, compared to $8.64m in the year-ago period.

Vedan's turnover increased 7.5% to $94.76m, helped by the addition of new clients in Vietnam, Japan and China.

Vedan, which is controlled by Taiwanese conglomerate Vedan Enterprise Corp, said its sales of monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is often used in processed food, rose 12% in the first half, accounting for around 68% of turnover. Sales of starch products increased 22.3%, reported Reuters.