The achievements of Ireland's food and drink industry are evident throughout the world. Irish pork, beef and lamb feature on the very finest menus in restaurants, while its well-loved brands have their place on supermarket shelves internationally. Ingredients sourced from Ireland are found in many globally consumed products and are sold through leading foodservice outlets, retail chains and even the pharmaceutical and nutritional sectors. Irish seafood enjoys a healthy reputation and, in turn, healthy sales in export markets.
The international phenomenon of the Irish pub, borne out of the Irish drinks sector, spawned by the Irish drinks sector, has introduced many consumers to the unique taste of an Irish cream liqueur or a triple distilled Irish whiskey, and consumers from Europe to Asia and America seek out famous drinks brands. Customers of Irish meat, dairy, ingredients, drinks and consumer foods include the world's leading retailers and foodservice groups.
Irish food and drink is sold in more than 180 markets worldwide. In 2019, food and drink exports were valued at €13 billion, up 67 per cent since 2010. Last year, the UK accounted for 34 per cent of total exports, over 35 per cent went to Continental EU markets, and 31 per cent went to international markets.