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TURKIYE’S DRIED FRUIT EXPORTS SURPASS 1 BILLION DOLLARS…

Press release…

Türkiye’s exports of dried figs, raisins and dried apricots, of which the country is the world leader, surpassed 1 billion dollars…

Türkiye is the world leader in production and exports of superfoods with high nutritional value; sultanas, dried apricots and dried figs generated export revenues of 1 billion 103 million dollars with an increase of 5 percent in the remaining period of the 2022/23 season.

Seedless raisin exports, which started on 1 September 2022 in the 2022/23 season, reached 110 countries and totalled 426 million dollars. Raisin exports rose by 2 percent in terms of quantity and reached 251 thousand tonnes.

Between 1 August 2022 and 31 July 2023, a total of 80 thousand tonnes of dried apricots were exported for a total of 435 million dollars in foreign currency income with an acceleration of 16 percent.

Dried apricots exported for 4 thousand 641 dollars per tonne in the 2021/22 season found buyers for 5 thousand 403 dollars in the 2022/23 period.

Türkiye exported a total of 67 thousand 713 tonnes of dried figs to 121 countries in the period until 7 October 2022-19 August 2023, bringing in 241 million dollars. Dried fig exports increased by 6 per cent in quantity and 2 per cent in value.

According to the data of the Aegean Exporters’ Associations (EIB); as of 19 August 2023, exports of dried figs, raisins and dried apricots, which were 1 billion 42 million dollars in the 2021/22 season, increased by 5 percent to 1 billion 103 million dollars in the same period of the 2022/23 season.

USA in dried apricots and dried figs, UK in sultanas…

Mehmet Ali Işık, Chairperson of the Aegean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters Association, said that Türkiye, which is by far the world leader in dried figs, raisins and dried apricots, which are also included in the list of healthy food products by the World Health Organization, is a key supplier in healthy food.

Mehmet Ali Işık

“Türkiye sent the most apricots to the United States in the 2022-23 season. Our dried apricot exports to the USA surged by 26 per cent to 72 million dollars. France ranked second with 40 million dollars worth of dried apricot exports, up 13 per cent, while Germany demanded 33 million dollars worth of Turkish apricots, up 14 per cent. While the United Kingdom maintained its place at the top with 104 million dollars in seedless raisin exports, 55 million dollars of raisins were exported to Germany,” he said.

“The Netherlands ranked third with a 25 per cent rise in demand for 50 million dollars worth of raisins. While the USA came to the forefront with a demand of 38 million dollars of dried figs with a rise of 23 percent, we exported 28 million dollars of dried figs to France and 27 million dollars to Germany,” he added.

Pointing out that behind the success in the dried fruit sector lies the sustainability-oriented studies that have been going on for 35-40 years, he concluded, “We are also the world leader in organics, and our country, which makes a difficult product such as organic, has come a long way in pesticides. We have been working meticulously for many years to ramp up the production quality and food safety of seedless raisins, dried apricots and dried figs. In the 2022/23 season, we aim to bring 450 million dollars in raisins and 250 million dollars in dried figs to our country.”

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