Ireland has now become the largest butter exporter in the EU having overtaken France last year. For 2019, Ireland shipped more than 50,000t of butter to international export markets outside of Europe – a massive increase on the 31,000t of butter exported to international markets in 2018.

The vast majority of this butter was shipped to the US market, where Kerrygold is now the second largest butter brand. In total, almost 28,000t of Irish butter was shipped to the US in 2019 – a sharp increase on the 23,000t exported the previous year.