Foodie boost: Bord Bia says exports for this year to reach record highs are Ireland grows new markets
Food and drink exports for 2011 are expected to reach a record high of €8.9bn.
This represents an increase of more than 12pc or €1bn on 2010 and 25pc ahead of 2009.
The figures are being driven by growth in all areas with dairy and meat leading the way and accounting for 60pc of all exports.
Other growth areas include cider, confectionery and mushrooms.
And with food prices increasing, eight out of 10 food exports believe their prospects are improved compared with this time last year.
“As world supplies struggle to keep pace with the growth in global demand, the outlook for food exporters for the remainder of the year and into 2012 remains positive,” said Aidan Cotter, chief executive of Bord Bia.
Britain remains our biggest export market but growth in exports to other European markets is growing