According to the latest data from the FDF, UK exports of food and drink to non-EU markets topped sales to the EU in the first quarter of 2021, with EU sales falling 47% compared with Q1 2020.
Dairy continues to be the largest export segment for Ireland, with an increased value of €5.16 billion.
The European Dairy Association (EDA) has called for an unprecedented level of pragmatism to the upcoming negotiation rounds on the EU-UK future relationship.
Global exports in dairy products are forecast to fall by 4.1% in 2020, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). This would be the steepest contraction in around 30 years if realised, notes Katherine Jack, an industry analyst with the UK’s AHDB.