Turkey is the world’s largest producer and exporter of dried apricots, dried figs and raisins.
While Turkey’s high quality and healthy dried fruits are exported to 150 countries, they are in high demand, especially in Germany. Germany imported 132.3 million dollars of Turkish dried fruit in the 11-month period of 2021.
Experts of the dried fruit sector and Turkish and German stakeholders came together at the Online Dried Fruit Meeting organized by the Aegean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters’ Association, which alone accounts for 55 percent of dried fruit exports in Turkey, in cooperation with Waren-Verein der Hamburger Börse and FRUCOM.
At the meeting, attended by 167 people, they discussed the current opportunities and challenges in the dried fruit industry, as well as the future of the German-Turkish dried fruit trade, which has already exceeded 132.3 million dollars in volume.
Pointing out that the intense participation reveals the desire on both sides to intensify economic cooperation and develop partnerships, Chair of the Turkish Dried Fruits Sector Board Osman Öz summarized the expectations for this as follows: “To ensure sustainable production and export growth, to provide information flow in the value chain from the producer to the final consumer, to increase organic production with government support and to overcome future challenges together.”
Noting that Turkey alone accounts for 16 percent of the world’s dried fruit production, Öz said, “Turkey’s position in dried fruit production is indisputable: the world leader in the world’s dried fruit production. 61 percent of Turkey’s dried fruit production is raisins and 23 percent is dried apricots and dried figs account for 16 pct. The majority of Turkish dried fruits are exported to the European Union and Germany is the largest buyer. High quality, unique tastes and health benefits make Turkish dried fruits popular in the German market.”
“The Turkish dried fruit sector is customer-oriented and uses the most modern technologies. The proximity to Germany both geographically and in terms of culture and mentality makes Turkey a part of a safe and effective supply chain,” Öz added.
At the meeting, moderated by FRUCOM Secretary General Anna Boulova, Turkish scientists Professor Dr. Uygun Aksoy and Professor Dr. Ahmet Altındişli, Hamburg Commodity Exchange Manager Jeanette Gonnermann and Waren-Verein der Hamburger Börse e.V. Dried Fruit Chairman Jens Borchert attended as a speakers…