Real Good Food Company faces sugar price challenge

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Falling EU sugar prices represented a significant challenge to Napier Brown
Falling EU sugar prices represented a significant challenge to Napier Brown
Plummeting EU sugar prices will pose “a significant challenge” to Napier Brown – the sugar trading subsidiary of the Real Good Food Company (RGFC) – said its chairman Pieter Totté.

“In Napier Brown, we face a significant challenge over the coming months, following the well publicised dramatic drop in EU sugar market prices, as we bring our buying book in line with this correction in market prices,”​ said Totté.

Reflecting lower volumes

The RGFC posted interim results revealing first half revenues down £7M to £130.1M, reflecting lower volumes over the sugar selling season to September.

Earnings before interest, depreciation and tax fell to £2.2M from £3.02M, after investment of £700,000 in commercial resources and a Brussels office.

Totté concluded: “Once again we approach the key Christmas trading period with the group well placed to benefit from the traditional seasonal boost in sales, and I am pleased with the continued progress we are making in re-shaping the group.”

Meanwhile, in October Napier Brown announced its decision to create 80 new jobs​ at its West Yorkshire headquarters, after winning new business from supermarket Asda and food wholesaler Booker.

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