The importance of Ireland’s Agri-Food industry recognized by An Post

July 30th, 2015 is glad to inform that An Post issued four stamps recognizing the importance of Ireland's Agri-Food industry. The philatelic release was unveiled and put on sale on the 16th of July.

The manufacture of food and drink products is very important to Ireland's economy and is our main indigenous industry in terms of direct economic activity. The sector has a gross annual turnover of approximately €25 billion and directly employs over 45,000 people on a fulltime basis. Approximately 230,000 people, or one in eight jobs in the economy, are linked to agri food, when agriculture and ancillary employment is included.

The Agri-Food sector accounts for half of purchased Irish goods and services by the manufacturing industry and just over half of exports by indigenous manufacturing industries.
Ireland has a great reputation all around the world for the quality of its food production, processing and preparation. We export food and drink to 175 countries and in 2012 this value surpassed €9 billion for the first time. The target is €12bn by 2020 and this looks very probable, according to projections in the Food Harvest report.

Sustainability is the keyword and a major priority for producers as their key customers wants to align themselves with sustainable supply chains. Origin Green, a national sustainability programme initiated by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board ‒ is designed to help Ireland to become a world leader in sustainably produced food.

These four stamps were designed by Zinc Design Consultants and highlight Ireland’s excellence in food production, processing and preparation. The two 70 cent stamps feature a beef farmer and a cheesemaker and their products while the €1.05 stamps depict a fisherman and a tillage farmer alongside their quality produce.