- Fresh produce company Total Produce said it was targeting continued earnings growth in 2019.

'The group's full-year earnings growth expectations remain unchanged, despite competitive markets and more uncertainty surrounding international trade,' the company said.

Dole Food Company, of which the group acquired a 45% stake last July, was currently trading in line with expectations.

'Total Produce is in a strong financial position and the Dole transaction represents a very significant step and a continuation of the group's successful expansion strategy,' the company said.

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