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Why Ireland

The value of exports of Irish food, drink and horticulture were €13.5 billion in 2021, during a period of unprecedented change and challenge.

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Working in Harmony with Nature

Here on the island of Ireland - right on the edge of Europe - we're fully invested in every aspect of our delicious food and drink. And we want to tell the world about it. Learn More

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Exporters all over Ireland that can meet your demands and offer to you the best of Irish food and drink.


Together with an agile industry that responds speedily to changing production requirements, Ireland’s reputation for premium quality dairy is enjoyed globally, with consumers and trade customers around the world benefitting from its assurances in quality, traceability and sustainability.


Irish beef is also increasingly chosen by some of the worlds’ leading restaurants, with more than 90 Michelin Star Chefs now in the Chefs’ Irish Beef club. Exports of beef, sheepmeat, pigmeat and poultry products account for a third of Ireland's overall food and drink exports and are valued at €3.77bn.


As an island on the edge of Europe, Ireland is surrounded by the cold clear waters of the wild Atlantic Ocean and some of the richest fishing grounds in the EU. Our location puts us uniquely close to a diverse range of fresh, premium quality seafood including Irish mackerel, whelks, crab, oysters and langoustines.

Alcohol Beverage

Irish Whiskey is the fastest growing spirit in the world. It is one of the three GI protected spirits in Ireland; the others are Irish Cream liqueur and Poitin. Irish Gin and several other spirits are also distilled.



The value of edible horticulture and cereals exports from Ireland is €230m. The key crops produced by the horticulture sector in Ireland include mushrooms, potatoes, field vegetables, fruit and protected food crops. Mushrooms are a key export product with over 80% of production exported to the UK market and smaller volumes traded to France and The Netherlands. Mushroom output has grown in the last number of years and now stands at 70,000 tonnes.



Customers around the globe recognise that Irish Prepared Consumer Foods are world-class: they are high-quality, distinctive, and made by a diverse range of creative producers from a unique and fortuitous island location.


Food Ingredients

Up to 30% of exported Irish food and drink products are sold into the business to business channel for further processing by manufacturers. Ireland has a number of manufacturing companies who service this channel and supply a range of products from technical ingredients, to bakery mixes and prepared meat toppings.

Origin Green

Origin Green is the worlds’ only national food and drink sustainability programme, and enables the industry to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets that respect the environment and serve local communities more effectively. About Origin Green