Cadbury says higher prices have left it on course to beat targets for the first six months.
The Birmingham-based group, which rebranded from Cadbury Schweppes this month after spinning off its drinks arm, has been upping its prices to combat soaring commodity costs.
Cadbury – the world’s second largest confectionery firm – said interim revenues growth was on track to be above management goals of between 4-6 per cent.
The group has sought to push through higher prices to combat 5-6 per cent rises in commodity costs, but to the detriment of market share.
Cadbury revealed it lost ground to rivals over Easter after holding back price cuts, although it banked a three per cent rise in first-quarter UK revenues despite the hit.
Cadbury said sales growth was being driven by a concerted marketing push, led by last year’s cult hit advertisement featuring a gorilla drumming to Phil Collins and more recently an ad showing racing airport trucks.
It is in the middle of a cost cutting programme, with plans to axe 7,800 jobs and close 15 per cent of factories worldwide.
The proposals included axing 500 jobs with the shuting of the company’s historic site at Keynsham, near Bristol.
Outgoing chairman Sir John Sunderland, handing over to deputy chairman Roger Carr on July 21, said the group had seen life as a standalone chocolate company get a "strong start".
He added: "This performance reflects the combination of increased marketing investment, higher pricing and successful early execution of cost reduction initiatives."
The group demerged American drinks business, Dr Pepper Snapple, through a listing on the New York Stock Exchange on May 7, returning Cadbury to its near-200-year-old roots.
The demerger came after Cadbury aborted attempts to sell the operation last year, as the crisis in credit markets hit the ability of buyers to raise finance.
The move left the remaining Cadbury operation number two globally behind Mars, which stole pole position after its deal to buy the Wrigley chewing gum group days before the demerger.
Standalone Cadbury has revenues of more than £5 billion and underlying profit of £500 million.
But there has been speculation Cadbury would seek to consolidate with rivals to gain scale.
Analysts at Numis Securities said the performance update would make the group more attractive to US chocolate group Hershey, a mooted merger partner.
A Numis note said: "We believe one benefit for Cadbury of driving strong sales growth is it looks attractive to Hershey. We continue to believe that Cadbury and Hershey are considering a merger and that, should this happen, Kraft and eventually private equity players should the debt market reopen, may intervene.
"We see strong upside potential for the share price in that case."