Fourth year of growth for WBD

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A continued push into the Russian regions helped dairy product and
fruit juice producer Wimm-Bill-Dann to its fourth successive year
of growth in 2002. Further investment should help drive growth in
2003, too.

Russian dairy products and fruit juice company Wimm-Bill-Dann has reported a 22.3 per cent increase in sales for 2002, marking the fourth consecutive year of growth at the company since the Russian financial crisis in 1998.

Turnover reached $824.7 million (€779m) in 2002, with the dairy unit accounting for $563 million (up 16 per cent) and juice some $261.7 million (up 38.4 per cent). Volume growth in dairy was 11.7 per cent, of which 9.7 per cent was organic growth, while juice volumes were lifted by a 45.4 per cent organic increase.

Gross profit at the group was ahead 34.9 per cent, while operating profit increased 9.1 per cent to 9.1 per cent year-on-year. Net profits were up 12.3 per cent.

Sergei Plastinin, CEO of Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods​, said: "Last year was a momentous one for Wimm-Bill-Dann, beginning with our listing in February 2002 on the NYSE.

"In 2002, we embarked on an aggressive strategy of expansion to enter and bolster our presence in Russia's fast-growing regional markets, which included a number of acquisitions and the start of a major upgrade of our production facilities.

"Looking forward, we see 2003 as a year of intensive investment in modernisation and reorganisation, as we consolidate the newly acquired companies, while continuing to focus on operational efficiency."

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