Time to dine out on Irish food

It was once one of the more neglected segments of the economy, but strong growth has seen the food industry achieve much greater prominence in recent times, writes Gareth Naughton.

17th March, 2013
Michael Murphy, director of markets, Bord Bia and Professor Damien McLoughlin of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, pictured with Bord Bia marketing fellows John Kiernan and Anne Cooper.

In rough waters, the one sturdy mast that two successive governments have been able to cling to is the agri-food sector. As the economy contracted, the food and drinks industry took a knock, but then started driving hard the other way, with strong double-digit growth in 2010 and 2011.

"In the last three years, we have seen the food and drinks industry grow by 27 per cent in value. Last year was more modest, but it was...

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