OMEGA Diagnostics has unveiled a further order from a new partner in China, worth about £400,000, for a food-intolerance test developed by the Clackmannanshire-based company.

The Scottish company hailed the latest order as a demonstration of the potential of the market in China.

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Omega said the new partner in China, which it has not named but is believed to distribute into a food-intolerance market that includes dieticians, nutritionists and doctors’ surgeries, had submitted a purchase order for 28,000 units of the 46-panel “Food Detective” test. This product tests intolerance to a raft of different foods, including cereals, meat, fish and vegetables.

Omega expects the latest order will be supplied by early November. It follows an initial order from the Chinese partner, for 20,000 units, announced on August 16 and worth around £290,000.

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Colin King, chief executive of Omega, said: “I am delighted that we have received a second purchase order for our new Chinese Food Detective test as this demonstrates the exciting potential in this market. As a result of the work undertaken by our partner and our internal development team, our Chinese strategy continues to deliver ahead of the original timeline.”

Shares in Omega closed 0.5p or 4.4 per cent higher at 11.75p.

Omega said last month that revenues from its food-intolerance business rose by 7% to £8.05 million in the year to March 31.

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Broker FinnCap said yesterday that it estimated this division of Omega’s business would have generated earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of around £3m in the year to March, up from about £2.7m in the prior 12 months.

Omega last month said its overall turnover for the year to March was expected to be £9.76m, down from £13.55m. It added that turnover from continuing operations was expected to be 5% higher at £8.76m.