EU eclipses UK in its share of exports from the Republic
The EU last year accounted for 35% of Irish food and drink exports, surpassing the UK for the first time ever, as total global exports reached the €13bn (£11bn) mark.
Within the EU, the Netherlands - which mainly imports dairy products from Ireland - was the top destination for the country's exports.
The market there was last year worth €1.1bn (£0.9bn), up 11% year-on-year.
France and Germany made up the top three EU destinations for Irish food and drink exports, buying some €887m (£752m) and €774m (£656m) worth of Ireland's produce respectively.
Elsewhere, the rest of the world accounted for 31% of exports, up 2%. Despite the strong performance in the EU, where exports were up 1% year-on-year, the UK still accounted for 34% of exports, down 3% on 2018.
This comes on the back of increased uncertainty around what level of access Irish food and drink producers will have to the UK market following Britain's exit from the EU.
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