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HAYRETTİN UÇAK: WE AIM 500 HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS IN STARTER EXPORTS

Press release…

Turkish starters (appetisers) decorate the tables of 150 countries..

Germans and Iraqis liked Turkish appetisers the most…

The starters (appetisers), in which the fruits and vegetables grown in Anatolian lands are blended with spices, olives, olive oil, dried fruits, cereals, pulses and oil seeds, decorated the tables of 150 countries and brought 207 million dollars in foreign currency to Turkey in the January-November period of 2021.

Turkish starters

The product group, which includes hummus, şakşuka, red kidney bean stew, fried aubergine, fava, roasted aubergine and pepper group, has become the most demanded starter group in the world with an amount of 56 million dollars.

On the other hand the sauce group, which also includes tapenade sauce obtained from olive, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and thyme mixture, brought Turkey 44 million dollars in foreign currency.

The sauce group, which includes starters such as Acuka, Ajvar and Bruschetta, which attracts the most attention among the appetisers, has also recorded 38 million dollars of exports.

Giving the information that Turkey produces 55 million tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables annually, Chair of the Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association Hayrettin Uçak said that with preparing unique starters by blending fruits and vegetables grown in Anatolian lands, spices, olives, olive oil, dried fruits, cereals and pulses products, they serve the world’s tables.

Germans and Iraqis like Turkish starters the most…

Indicating that Turkish starters are mostly in demand from Germany, Hayrettin Uçak said, “We exported appetiser products worth 52 million dollars to Germany in the January-November period of 2021. While Iraq ranked second with a demand of 28 million dollars, the third rank of the top was the United States with 15 million dollars of exports. These countries followed by Romania, England, Israel, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates.”

Hayrettin Uçak

The target in starter export is 500 million dollars…

Emphasizing that there is an increase in demand for ready-to-eat food around the world, Uçak concluded his words as follows: “Purchasing many different products to prepare meals, preparing and cooking in the kitchen takes a lot of time for people. Instead, starters, which bring together many different tastes, help people to spend this time for themselves. Therefore, we expect the demand for starters to surge in the coming period. The number of successful companies that stand out in the production and export of starters in Turkey is increasing day by day. We foresee that our starter exports will reach 500 million dollars in the next 5 years.”

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