A Co Antrim free range egg producer has invested over £300,000 to upgrade its facilities ahead of expected changes in the industry.
Glenballyeamon Eggs' cash injection, supported by Ulster Bank, saw the Cushendall firm purchase a new steel egg grading and packing machine known as the Moba Prima 2000.
Four new roles have also been created, bringing the 19-year-old firm's workforce to six.
Niall Delargy, company director, said: "The machine has high capacity per hour and to capitalise on the investment we had to first make sure that we could run it at high capacity.
"We produce a high-quality product and there's always demand for quality-guaranteed produce.
"It's also estimated there will be a total ban on caged egg production by 2025, so this investment in automated equipment now as we increase our brood of free-range hens prepares us for such changes."