A Ballyclare spring water company has secured first-time business in China worth up to £1m.
The family-owned and managed Antrim Hills Spring Water Company, which employs 12 people, won the business for its branded spring water products, Water Within, and Drip and Drop.
Working with distributor Hanscent, the company, which already supplies major UK and International retailers, will deliver its 100% natural spring and flavoured water goods to premium business and retail clients in China.
The contract, which could be worth up to £1m over the next year, follows the company's participation at the Invest NI stand at the Hotel China in Shanghai – which is well-known as Asia's biggest food and hospitality show.
Commenting on the move, Antrim Hills Spring Water operations director, Peter Geary, said: "This is an immensely important contract for the business because it gives us a very strong presence in a marketplace where demand for premium quality water is developing very strongly because of concerns about water quality there."
Mr Geary believes the brand's unique selling point – the water sourced from their artesian well is naturally filtered by the basalt rock formations and bottled without additives – helped secure the business.
Welcoming the new business, Invest NI trade director, Dr Vicky Kell, said: "The success of Antrim Hills Spring Water's Water Within range is an excellent example of how a smaller company can win substantial business in China by meeting the market demand for natural products: and by developing a relationship with an established and successful business partner there."