Unitas Software has secured more than $1m of new export sales with major egg producers in the US and Europe.
The company, which specialises in software services for the poultry industry, has signed new deals with Kreher’s Farm Fresh Eggs in New York and Vital Farms, an ethical food company headquartered in Austin, Texas. Additional contracts have been secured in Holland with an Organic Egg Farming Co-op.
Director Chris McCoubrey said: "Our poultry manager solution enables our customers to manage their organisations in a more efficient way and brings a new level of intelligence to increase the ability of our customers to connect all parts of the supply chain.
"The going dutch program gave us the confidence to look outside Northern Ireland and has proved invaluable for us, especially in terms of language translation, arranging meetings and generating potential customers.
"Before the going Dutch experience, our sales were predominantly in the UK. Now over 50 per cent of our business is export and growing."
Over the last five years, Invest NI has offered Unitas Software £161,590 of support for R&D, trade and technical development assistance.
Steve Harper, Invest NI's executive director of International Business, added: "As one of Northern Ireland’s leading agri tech companies, Unitas Software recognises the value in continued investment in research and development and is showing a strong commitment to exporting.
"In just four years, Unitas has used our R&D support to enhance, define and improve its software and grow from selling in the UK to breaking into Europe and most recently the US.
"Our teams in the US and Europe helped identify potential customers and made initial introductions, which has led to it winning new business and building an excellent inmarket reputation for the delivery of its software."
Invest NI’s Grant for R&D is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.