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BİROL CELEP: WE AIM TO REACH 1.5 BILLION DOLLARS IN DRIED FRUIT EXPORTS

Press release…

In the 9-month period, dried fruit exports exceeded 1 billion dollars…

Dried fruit exports run to 1.5 billion dollars…

The dried fruit sector, which is one of the traditional exporting sectors of Turkey, increased its exports by 11 percent from 927 million dollars to 1 billion 30 million dollars in the January-September period of 2021. On the basis of amount of dried fruit export; It increased by 2 percent from 327 thousand tonnes to 332 thousand tonnes.

The Turkish dried fruit industry, which left 2020 behind with an export of 1.4 billion dollars, aims to exceed the 1.5 billion dollars threshold by the end of 2021 for the first time in its history.

Birol Celep

Stating that dried fruit exports have been stuck in the range of 1.3-1.4 billion dollars for many years, Aegean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters’ Association Chairperson Birol Celep said that they were happy to exceed the 1 billion dollars threshold in the January-September period of 2021, He noted that with the export shipments to be made in the last quarter of the year in fig and pistachio exports, they are at a point where they will exceed 1.5 billion dollars for the first time in 2021.

Pointing out that they are the world leader in the production and export of sultanas (seedless raisins), dried apricots and dried figs, Celep said, “Our export of sultanas maintained its first place with 303 million dollars. Our dried apricot exports soared by 28 percent from 176 million dollars to 226 million dollars. Dried fig exports rose by 7 percent from 128 million dollars to 138 million dollars. In pistachio; We went from 61.5 million dollars to 131 million dollars with a record increase of 112 percent. We earned 50 million dollars from almond exports, 27.5 million dollars from pine nut exports and 26 million dollars from walnut exports,”

Dried fruit export will reach its goals with “Turkish Dried Fruits”

Emphasizing that dried fruit products are on the list of healthy diets of the World Health Organization, Celep added, “While we boost the competencies of the companies, with the ‘Turkish Dried Fruits’ Project, which is supported by the Ministry of Commerce, with the participation of 18 leading companies in the export of dried fruit, on the other hand, we aim to diversify our export markets in the dried fruit sector.”

Celep concluded that they have identified these countries as target markets in order to improve their market shares in the United States, Russia, Japan, China, Brazil and India by maintaining their position in the European countries where they are strong.

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