Carton Bros, the poultry processing company that trades under the Manor Farm chicken brand, reported a sharp fall in profits for its 2019 financial year.

Recently filed accounts show operating profits fell 27% last year at Carton Bros to just under €9.6m, as operating profit margins narrowed from 7.1% in 2018 to a still healthy 5.1% in 2019. Pre-tax profits for the business fell 17% year on year to just over €11m.