Despite COVID-19 turning markets and supply chains on their heads, Irish agriculture produced, processed and distributed €13bn worth of food and drink in 2020. It is a phenomenal achievement and shows the strength, resilience and agility of the sector.
While contracting slightly for the first time in recent years – down 2% on 2019 – Bord Bia figures show the value of Ireland’s food and drink exports have grown 47% in 10 years. It has largely been fuelled by expansion in the dairy herd. Valued at €5.2bn in 2020, dairy exports are double what they were a decade ago. The competitiveness of the sector is evidenced by the growth achieved in non-EU markets, particularly in Asia, Middle East and North Africa, while the value and quality proposition is reinforced by the continuous growth in exports to the US despite a 25% tariff wall.