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CHERRY EXPORTS GO TOWARDS 200 MILLION DOLLARS…

Press release…

Turkey’s exports are running at record in cherries. So far this year 190 million dollars of foreign currency provided by cherry exporters in Turkey, now it is aimed to exceed 200 million dollars by the end of the season. Turkey’s export figure of 2019 which was 182.6 million dollars has already surpassed.

According to Aegean Exporters’ Associations data; Turkey since 1 January 2020, 70 thousand tons cherries were exported and 190 million dollars obtained in return. Our exports in the same period of the previous year were 166 million dollars, equivalent to 70 thousand tons too.

Turkish cherry gained value by 15 percent…

Stating that while maintaining the level of last year based on the amount exported, Turkish cherries gained added value by 15 percent, Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association Chairman Hayrettin Uçak said, ” We will develop this record by exceeding 200 million dollars at the end of the season.”

Expressing that cherry, which is one of the indispensable fruits of the summer with its color and taste, is a strong source of antioxidants and strengthens the immune system thanks to the vitamins A, C and K it contains, Uçak noted, “Cherry represents richness and generosity especially in China. In 2020, our cherry exports to China and Hong Kong rose 50 percent from 5.2 million to 8 million dollars. We expect our cherry exports to Far East to increase further in the coming years. Along with our new Target Markets for Fresh Cherry, Grape and Pomegranate Products, which we have just started, we have determined China, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam as target markets in the Far East with our URGE (Product Development) Project. We will reach the export target of 1 billion dollars we set for 2020 with the marketing activities in these countries.”

Cherry competition is tough…

Giving the information that cherry production is made across a wide geography around the world, Uçak added, “We compete in Russia with Greece, Iran, Italy, Uzbekistan, Serbia, Romania, Moldova and Spain. Due to the costs rising from our logistics prices, the price of Turkish cherries remained high compared to other countries and there was a tough competition. Although we are a little behind the increase we expected at the beginning of the season, now we are leaving behind a successful season. I congratulate all our exporters who made our producers smile and contribute to this record during the pandemic period.”

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