Exports of horticulture from Ireland increased in value by 14% to €271 million in 2021. It is a sector that is heavily dependent on the UK market with 95% of its products exported there. Mushroom exports –valued at €151 million in 2021– saw good growth, 31% ahead of 2020’s values. Retail sales for the whole UK market over 2021, in comparison to 2020 were up 5% in value, and 3% in volume.
The largest sector is still prepacked, closed-cup, with an almost 50% share of total mushrooms. Brown, buttons, and portobello mushrooms are performing well, while flat mushrooms are declining, however. While production has increased in Ireland, responding to the strong demand in the UK market, there have also been more imports from Northern Ireland in 2021, for re-export to the UK.