Profit growth gives food group cause to crow

SOUTH AFRICA - Industrial food group Astral Foods has again shown its mettle in delivering consistent growth, increasing operating profit 30% to R246m in the six months to March.

Despite the volatility in maize prices and rising chicken imports — which now account for about 10% of SA’s demand, putting local prices under pressure — Astral has consistently outperformed other companies in the industry in the past few years.

The group, unbundled from Tiger Brands several years ago, acquired the outstanding 50% stake in poultry business Earlybird last year and established a sound platform from which to deliver future growth.

Releasing the interim figures yesterday, CEO Nick Wentzel said chicken consumption was growing about 7% a year as the disposable income of the burgeoning middle class grew.

The poultry division remained the major contributor, accounting for 59% of profits.

Source: BusinessDay
calendar icon 25 May 2005
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