Dairy Crest increase pre-tax profits.

While Robert Wiseman Diaries have reported a 3.5% fall in pre-tax profits, Dairy Crest's first half results to Sept 30 show a 6% increase on a slightly reduced turnover of £776.9m.

The company has picked up additional volume to major retailers, such as Tesco, and has reduced its exposure to the less profitable and 'more difficult' middle ground markets. 

Chief executive, Mark Allen, said that in line with company strategy, Dairy Crest has continued to grow brands, reduce costs and control debt.  Improvements on quality, service and cost base have paid off with the new contracts to supply fresh milk to major retailers.

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