Halewood International, the drinks manufacturer and distributor behind Lambrini and Crabbie’s, reported significant growth in the year to 25 June 2011, despite the “challenging trading conditions” throughout the consumer sector. Pre-tax profits climbed 80% from £8.7m to £15.7m, while ebitda rose 47% to £21.7m. The group, which sold Vintage Drinks Ltd for £3.8m last October, said turnover from its continuing operations increased 11.7% from £226.2m to £252.7m during the year. Operating profit from continuing operations stood at £16.26m, up from £10.85m in 2010. Halewood said the domestic market, which accounts for more than 70% of its turnover, remains “very competitive”. The group said that the sector was “severely impacted during 2011” and that it had experienced significant supply side price increases. It said it would continue with its successful strategy of new product development combined with: “key strategic brand acquisition, tight cost control and focus on production efficiency”. In accounts filed at Companies House, the company said: “This performance reflects the strength of the brands within the group. The group has invested in internal product development and launched several new products during the period.” The group said its South African subsidiary had continued its strong growth, driven by increased volumes, which resulted in operating profits increasing by 31%.