Netherlands-based food group Wessanen today (24 April) reported higher first-quarter sales and profits, with the company's CEO Christophe Barnouin pointing to the company's volume performance.

Wessanen posted revenue of EUR131.7m for the three months to the end of March, up 20.4% on the first quarter of 2013.

Excluding the impact of foreign exchange and of contributions from recent acquisitions, Wessanen's revenue grew 8.9%.

Barnouin said the underlying growth was "mainly due to volume". He added: "Our first quarter was a good start to the year."

EBIT grew 34% to EUR12.2m, while net profit more than doubled to EUR12.6m.