Bord Bia has said the value of exports of food and drink from Ireland last year was over €9bn for the first time.
Meat and livestock made up a third of exports, followed by drinks and seafood.
The growth in exports was led by Asia, Africa and North America.
It said the prospects for exports this year are positive, especially for beef.
However, it warned that feed and other input cost developments in the livestock sector will play a key role in determining farm level performance.
This follows a difficult year last year because of poor weather conditions and higher costs.