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Exports reach €10bn

THE value of Irish food and drink exports has approached €10bn for the first time in 2013, new figures released by Bord Bia show.

Sentiment in the industry is upbeat as the figure represents an increase of 9pc on the previous year to €9.9bn and 40pc in the past four years with revenues nearly €3bn higher than in 2009.

The figures also showed that the horse meat scandal of this time last year did no lasting damage to meat and livestock exports which increased by 8pc or €245m to reach €3.3bn, meaning they account for a third of all Irish food and drink exports.