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Q What are the major issues facing the food and drink sector?
Q What is the economic contribution of the food and drink sector to the economy?
FDII estimate that economic activity linked to the sector is equivalent to 35 – 40% of value added in Irish Manufacturing. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food estimate that the bio-sector, which encompasses agriculture and food as well as fisheries and forestry, now accounts for one-third of the total net foreign earnings from merchandise exports.

Q Are Irish food and drink exports important in an international context?
The importance of the Irish Food and Drink sector in an international context can be demonstrated by the following sample of export statistics: