A Northern Ireland firm specialising in recycling water used to wash tomatoes has won a major contract with a food producer in Brazil, it has been revealed.
CDEnviro from Cookstown, Co Tyrone, will supply equipment to the South American company allowing the water to be reused by removing the soil and making the production process more efficient.
Matt Bunting, CDEnviro general manager, said: "Having a presence in a market, particularly one that we have identified as offering significant growth potential, such as Brazil, is essential. It helps us keep abreast of trends and opportunities and also show potential clients that we are serious about doing business there.
"This new contract represents our first move into the agri/food sector and presents us with significant opportunities for further export growth in the years ahead. It is with one of the largest food producers in the world and this demonstrates the potential for us to further develop our business in this area and secure further export orders."
He said jobs creation agency Invest NI's marketing consultant in Brazil had provided invaluable advice and help in identifying potential customers in a huge and sophisticated marketplace.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster is participating in a trade mission to Brazil organised by Invest NI.
She said: "CDEnviro's success demonstrates that Brazil can be a rewarding market for local companies particularly if they develop a presence on-the-ground. By increasing the presence of Northern Ireland companies with offices here we can help to pave the way for other local businesses to successfully trade in Brazil. Invest Northern Ireland has recognised the size of the Brazilian market, the diversity of opportunity and the potential that exists."
Over the last few years there have been a number of trade missions to the country and an experienced marketing professional has also been appointed to provide advice and practical support to local companies who are seeking to export.
Separately, Firebrand Digital Strategies, a Belfast-based technology start-up, has been helped by Invest Northern Ireland to sign a six-figure deal with a global manufacturer. The company secured its first export business with Finnish firm Suominen Nonwovens, to provide a digital marketing campaign designed to extend its engagement with its global consumer base.
Invest NI provided funding and advice to enable Firebrand Digital, which specialises in the development, roll out and management of digital marketing, to visit the manufacturer in Helsinki and turn an initial approach into firm business.