Irish Stamps: Ireland’s Agri-Food industry (2015)

On the 16th of July 2015, An Post issued four stamps recognising the importance of Ireland’s Agri-Food industry.

On the 16th of July 2015, An Post issued four stamps recognising the importance of Ireland’s Agri-Food industry.

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 Irish Agri-Food sector has a gross annual turnover of approximately €25 billion
  • It directly employs over 45,000 people on a full-time 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 50% 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 want 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
  • The €1.05 stamps depict a fisherman and a tillage farmer alongside their quality produce.
2015 Ireland - Food Island Miniature Sheet

2015 Ireland – Food Island Miniature Sheet

Technical details
Date of Issue: July 16, 2015
Values & Quantities: 70c Se-tenant (176,000)
€1.05 Se-tenant (156,000)
Design: Zinc Design Consultants
Stamp Size: 45mm x 30.95mm
Miniature Sheet Size: 150mm x 90mm
Colour: Multicolour with phosphor tagging
Paper: TR PVA Gum 102 gsm
Make-up: Sheetlets of 16
Perforations: 13.3 x 13.6
Printing Process: Lithography
Printer: Cartor Security Printing

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