Applications for Food Works 2016 are now closed.

The food landscape in Ireland is dynamic, competitive and constantly evolving. Food is a vital sector in Irish Industry as demonstrated by the governments’ commitment to Harvest 2020 and FoodWise 2025, which suggests that Ireland’s food industry export value has the potential to grow to €19bn per annum by 2025, which would represent an 85% increase from the current three year average. Other key data regarding the food industry includes:

  • Food represents 12.3% of Irelands total export
  • Contributes to 8.8% of total employment (DAFM 2014)
  • 40,000 direct jobs and sustaining 20,000 indirect jobs in rural communities
  • In 2015, Food and Drink Exports increased by 3% to Reach Record High of €10.8 billion

At Food Works we are committed to supporting the next generation of food entrepreneurs to launch innovative products that can be scaled for export.

In 2016, the Food Works Programme offering has been refined to meet the changing market needs of business and to continue to find and foster the next wave of global Irish food entrepreneurs.

To find out more go to Food Works 2016.


Food industry contribution to Ireland's total exports


Contribution to total employment

Direct jobs in rural communities

billion euro of exports in Food & Drink in 2015

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