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Top Irish food brands

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Irish Food & Drink - Significant export potential

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  • Top Irish food brands 
  • Irish Food & Drink - Significant export potential

Irish Food & Drink

Key Brands

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The top Irish food brands include Kerrygold Butter, Jacobs Biscuits, Galtee Meats and Cheeses,Tayto Crisps, Jameson Whiskey, Bushmills Whiskey, Guinness Stout, Baileys Irish Cream , Tullamore Dew, and Magners Cider. For a country that produces so much food and drinks, it is a surprise that the list of international Irish brands is not longer.

The manufacture of food and drink products is Ireland’s most important indigenous industry. Significant export potential remains untapped for Irish products by exploiting new export markets for existing export products and by introducing more Irish product to existing export markets. Large potenital also exists for exports of unbranded Irish produce like beef and dairy products.

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Key facts

  • Supplies the majority of produce to Ireland’s €14bn domestic grocery and food service sector
  • Ireland is the largest net exporter of dairy ingredients, beef and lamb in Europe
  • Ireland is the largest exporter in Europe of powdered infant formula
  • Ireland exports over 80% of its dairy and beef production
  • Ireland is the UK’s largest supplier of food and drink
  • Irish beef is stocked by more than 70 retail chains across Europe
  • -€8.8bn worth of materials purchased – 76% are sourced in Ireland
  • Ireland exports over half the pigmeat it produces – to over 60 countries around the world

Key Statistics

  • 230,000 jobs linked to the agri-food sector
  • €25bn turnover in the sector
  • Almost €10bn worth of exports in 2013 to 120 countries
  • 2/3 of exports by indigenous Irish companies
  • Destinations – UK 42%, rest of Europe 32%, third countries 26%
  • Total payroll in the sector is €1.7bn – more than any other manufacturing sector
  • €8.8bn worth of materials purchased – 76% are sourced in Ireland
  • €3.1bn worth of services purchased – 53% are sourced in Ireland

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