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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ireland 2015
Ireland - The Food Island





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 sector has a gross annual turnover of approximately €25 billion and directly employs over 45,000 people on a fulltime 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 half 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 while the €1.05 stamps depict a fisherman and a tillage farmer alongside their quality produce.



Ireland - The Food Island 70c and €1.05 Se-tenant Pairs




FIRST DAY COVER

AN POST PRICE: 4.50 €


MINIATURE SHEET FIRST DAY COVER

AN POST PRICE: 4.50 €


MINIATURE SHEET

AN POST PRICE: 3.50 €



STAMP SHEETS






ISSUE DATE: 16 July 2015
NOMINAL VALUE: 0.70 € / 1.05 €
CIRCULATION: 176 000 / 156 000
STAMP DESIGN: Zinc Design Consultants
STAMP SIZE: 45mm x 30.95mm
COLOUR: Multicolour with phosphor tagging
PAPER: TR PVA Gum 102 gsm
PERFORATIONS: 13.3 x 13.6
PRINTER: Cartor Security
PRINTING PROCESS: Lithography
An Post PRODUCT No.: 151170ST / 1511105ST


stamp images and description thanks to: