Food giant Kerry Group, which has several operations in Northern Ireland, has announced a "significant" investment in its Wittstock breadcrumb manufacturing site in Germany.
The expansion includes the addition of a new crumb baking line and a warehouse extension, which will double the output volume at the factory to 48,000 tons per year.
According to Kerry Group, the funding will enable a faster and more efficient replenishment lead time for its customers.
The site will also be increasing its employee base by 13% to support its new capacity levels.
"Kerry's investment in this key manufacturing site demonstrates our commitment to service customers with growing coatings needs," Philip O'Connor, meat business president at Kerry Taste & Nutrition, said.
"With our continuing efforts to expand our capabilities, combined with our 40-plus years of taste expertise, we are confident in our ability to meet the increasing demand for innovative coating solutions in the region."
Kerry's coating capability spans across categories from meal centres to appetisers and across proteins from poultry and seafood, to pork and plant protein.
The Wittstock site will allow Kerry to simultaneously deliver product innovation and enable high-quality production at scale for its customers to suit their respective markets, a statement from the group said.
Kerry Group owns Dairy Produce Packers, makers of the popular Coleraine cheese brand, and Golden Cow in Craigavon.