Co Tyrone egg producer and packer Skea Eggs has hatched a lucrative deal with Sainsbury's to supply over 190 million eggs to 379 Sainsbury's stores across the UK every year.
The new deal for the Pomeroy-based Skea Egg Farms Ltd will see its output of free range eggs from woodland farms increase by an estimated 60%, and it will now supply Sainsbury's with 35% of its own-label eggs over the next three years.
Skea Eggs has been supplying eggs to the supermarket giant since 1997 and works with 112 farmers throughout Northern Ireland.
The supermarket now works with around 100 regional suppliers, on top of Skea Eggs, to provide its 13 stores in Northern Ireland with more than 600 local lines of produce.
Skea Eggs also provides its own brand eggs and supermarket-branded eggs to Tesco, Asda, Marks & Spencers, The Co-op and Musgrave Retail Partners.
Harold Richmond, agricultural director for Skea Eggs, said: "As a business we have grown from supplying Sainsbury's in Ballymena in the 1990s and we have been very fortunate to have remained a close partner of Sainsbury's."
He added: "We're very proud of our 100-strong staff and we look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead with Sainsbury's." Sainsbury's eggs buyer Rebecca Read said: "We've worked closely with Skea Eggs in Northern Ireland for a number of years, which plays alongside our 145-year history of supporting farmers across the UK.
"It's fantastic to see a local company with so much passion continue to prosper," she said.
The firm is a family-run venture and was founded in the early 1970s by Matthew Hayes.