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Production of food hit hard in May by closures, lost events

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Gerard Brady of Ibec

Gerard Brady of Ibec

Gerard Brady of Ibec

Food production nationwide slumped by nearly a third amid disrupted supply chains for restaurants, pubs, live events and other customers shut by Covid-19.

Industrial production and turnover figures for May reveal that food producers suffered some of the sharpest declines from a year ago.

By contrast, production of timber products and other construction materials surged that month as building sites reopened on May 18. Production of plastics goods also rose as thousands of firms erected anti-virus screens in their premises and vehicles.