Facts & Figures

The Irish food and drink industry exported food and drink products with a total value of €12.6 bn in 2017. Ireland’s export footprint has also expanded greatly over recent years with Irish food and drink now being sold in 180 countries worldwide.

Ireland provides a unique setting for food production. 80% of Ireland’s agricultural land is devoted to grasslands, with a yearly grass growth rate that exceeds the European average by more than a third. The Irish agri-food sector has a rich heritage and is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, employing approximately 8.4% of the working population.