Premier profits hit by pickle blaze

Premier Foods, makers of foodstuff and beverage brands that include Branston Pickle, Typhoo Tea, Ambrosia Rice Pudding and Sun-Pat Peanut Butter, has revealed the extent of damage to sales caused by a fire at its sauce and pickle plant in Bury St Edmunds in October last year.

In a statement, the supplier of "ambient grocery products" said that while operating profits and margins are anticipated to be within the range of market expectations, The fire "effectively removed two [of the company's] most dynamic growth brands [Branston Pickle and the Lloyd Grossman sauce range] for the last 10 week

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