Ireland has a high-quality, vibrant, well-invested growing dairy industry. It has a number of globally renowned reputable players, in particular Kerry, Glanbia and Ornua, who compare with the best in class on the world stage. Brands like Kerrygold in the chilled dairy sector and Baileys from Diageo have achieved worldwide recognition. Kerrygold gained the accolade of being Ireland’s first €1bn food brand in 2019, while Baileys presence in the cream liqueur market reached 7.4m nine-litre cases in 2019, a 20% increase on the 6.2m cases sold in 2015.
The Irish dairy industry has received huge Government focus and support on its growth journey, particularly since the removal of quotas in 2015.