The planning committee yesterday afternoon approved plans for a new multi-million-pound distillery in Bushmills.
The approval will see a new distillery facility including a boiler house, cooling equipment and barrel store.
The planning application revealed the expansion will mean new jobs for the construction industry and full-time jobs created once it is operational.
The new distillery is aimed at addressing a worldwide surge in demand for Irish whiskey.
Bushmills Distillery claims to be the oldest licensed distillery in the world.