The value of Irish agri-food and drink exports exceeded €11 billion for the first time ever in 2016, it was announced at Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects 2016-2017 report today.

Last year marked the seventh successive year of growth of Irish food and drink exports, with a further 2% increase recorded to reach a record high of €11.15 billion, an expansion of 41% or €3.3 billion since 2010, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, said at the launch.

The strongest performing sectors last year were prepared foods (€1.92 billion, +9%), beverages (€1.4 billion, +4%) and dairy product and ingredients (€3.38 billion, +2%).

“One of the notable features of this achievement is the impact of market diversification in the year in which the UK decided to leave the European Union,” Minister Creed said.

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