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Bord Bia's Export Performance and Prospects Report 2020/2021

The world kept eating in 2020 despite the global pandemic, but the channels by which Ireland’s food and drink arrives to consumers were disrupted, and consumers across the world have begun adopting new behaviours. 2020 has been a challenging year for people across all continents, and one that presents
both difficulty and opportunity to Ireland’s Food and Drink prospects.

In 2020, we saw a slight decline of -2% on global exports of food and drink. This decline is minimal in the face of towering pandemic challenges such as the effective closure of foodservice, an increase in shipping costs, and dramatic life and behaviour changes at a consumer level driven by working from home, and a new relationship with time, commuting, public spaces and leisure.