Convenience food group Uniq has announced its first quarter group sales were up 4.2%, compared to the first three months of 2009.

Its food-to-go sales, including its sandwiches wraps and deli-fillers business, increased by 12.5%, which the firm said reflected its business wins in 2009, which included £15m-worth of new sandwich business with Marks and Spencer.

Sales in its desserts arm were down 2.2%.

The company also announced its preliminary results for the 12 months ended 31 December 2009 on the same day as its Q1 interims. Revenue stood at £287.2m compared with £286.7m in 2009. Food-to-go revenue was up 2% to £136.9m, and operating profit stood at £7.3m – up 0.4%.

In January 2010, Uniq revealed it was back in the black, after increased food-to-go sales saw the business return to positive sales growth. Following the decision to dispose of its French, German, Polish and Netherlands business units earlier in 2009, the business is now focused on the UK chilled prepared food market.