Ireland is expected to export more than $1.3 billion worth of food in 2016.
The Irish Food Trade Award, which is hosted by the International Food and Agricultural Organization (IAEA) and the European Food Safety Authority, has been awarded to the European Union and the Netherlands for “outstanding achievements in food trade.”
The winners were chosen by the IFA and the Dutch food safety authority.
The awards will be presented to the EU’s ambassador to Ireland, Jörg Rehm, at a ceremony in Brussels on February 16.
The winners will receive an award from the European Commission, the EU agency tasked with coordinating food safety, as well as a cash prize.
In 2016, Ireland exported a record $1,936 million worth of processed and prepared food, which included a record 7.7 percent increase in exports of processed meats.
The total value of food exports to the U.K., Germany and Austria was $1 billion.
Ireland exported more than 8 percent of its food exports in the first half of this year.
The food trade awards were launched in 2013 as part of a global initiative to boost food exports.
Last year, Ireland’s exports to other European countries grew at the fastest pace in five years, with an increase of 1.3 percent compared to the same period in 2015.
The country has been one of the biggest food exporters to the United States since it joined the bloc in 2004.
The first year after the entry into force of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the country exported nearly $8 billion worth, which includes $3.6 billion in agricultural products.