- Irish agri-food and drink is the most exposed sector in the most exposed country to Brexit
- Aid will help business maintain UK market positions and diversify into new markets
Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group representing the food and drink sector, has welcomed the inclusion of a €5 billion Brexit Adjustment Reserve in the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework agreed this morning.
34% (€4.5bn) of Irish agri-food and drink exports go to the UK each year. Typically, less than 10% of other member states food and drink exports are to the UK. This highlights the unique circumstances faced by Irish industry and the need for these exceptional aid measures. Ireland needs to maintain our market position in this high value, high quality market that has a substantial food deficit and not relinquish it to global competitors.
The aid should be targeted at supporting Irish companies invest in enabling technology, management training and upskilling, plant renewal and expansion, refinancing, market development and innovation to regain competitiveness following Brexit.
The aid should also be used to introduce additional marketing and innovation supports for companies looking to reformulate, re-package or innovate their product lines for new markets in the EU and internationally.