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Coffee and dairy help Nestle beat expectations in Q1

ZURICH, April 22 (Reuters) - Food giant Nestle confirmed organic sales should grow more than 3.6% this year after strong demand for coffee, dairy and pet care products boosted growth in the first quarter.

Organic sales increased by 7.7%, versus 4.3% in the year-ago period, the maker of KitKat chocolate bars and Nescafe instant coffee said in a statement on Thursday. This was ahead of a forecast for 3.3% organic growth in a company-compiled consensus here. (Reporting by Silke Koltrowitz Editing by Riham Alkousaa)

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