The value of food and drink exports has grown by over 40% since 2009 while export values for dairy product and ingredients exceeded €3 billion for the first time.
The value of Ireland's food and drinks exports grew by over 9% in 2013 bringing the value of exports in 2013 to just under €10 billion for the year. The food and beverage sector continues to go from strength to strength.
Export values for meat and livestock came in €3.3 billion, while exports of prepared foods hit €1.65 billion.
The UK remains the country's biggest export destination accounting for an astonishing 42% of food and drink exports. An estimated €4.1 billion of products reached the UK market in 2013.
Exports to China also grew possibly due a visit from the Chinese Minister for Agriculture. Chinese exports are up 40% in the year.
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