A sandwhich maker has clinched a £1m deal with an Irish company.
Co Down-based Deli Lites Ireland will be delivering its gourmet sandwiches and tortilla wraps to Applegreen, which supplies convenience foods to forecourts throughout Ireland.
The Warrenpoint company secured the lucrative deal to offer its extensive range of convenient lunchtime fare to over 70 outlets on a daily basis.
The company also runs six gourmet cafes, including three in Newry, and others in Belfast, Warrenpoint and Dundalk in the Republic.
Jackie Reid, who formed the business with husband Brian in 1999, said the deal marked a "tremendous endorsement of our products".
"Over the past year, our business has grown by 40%, assisted by a commitment to grow sales substantially in the Republic," she said.
"We have been building a relationship with Applegreen over the past year, which has enabled us to understand fully their food retailing operation, their commitment to provide consumers with premium quality products and their specific requirements especially in terms of healthy eating.
"Our products, for instance, are free from hydrogenated fats and only free-range eggs are used," she added.
"The new business is also benefiting other Northern Ireland companies because of our commitment to source as many ingredients as possible from local suppliers."
She also paid tribute to Invest NI's assistance towards new product development, export marketing and staff development.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "The contract positions the company for further growth not only with Applegreen, but also many others.
"The clear message from the success of Deli Lites is that Northern Ireland companies can compete and win in export markets."
Adrian Grimes, head of food at Applegreen, said: "The response to our teaming up with Deli Lites has been overwhelmingly positive.
"Since January 2012 Deli Lites has been providing us with a range of excellent food products which have delighted our discerning customers."