At the end of 2020, exports of dried fruits and related products from Turkey equalled $1.4 billion, reaching the indicators of 2019, according to Anadolu agency and the Istanbul Dried Fruits and Products Exporters Association (KUMIB).
Turkish dried fruits producers have exported their products to 150 countries around the world. Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, the sector managed to achieve 2019 export indicators.
In 2020, Germany became the leading importer of dried fruits and related products from Turkey. The volume of these products exported to Germany is $192 million; to Great Britain – $182 million; and to Italy – $98 million.
Germany exported mainly seedless raisins, dried figs, and other dried fruits, the UK – seedless raisins and dried apricots, and Italy – mostly pine nuts, seedless raisins, and pistachios.
The head of the Istanbul Dried Fruits and Products Exporters Association (KUMİB), Muhsin Çakici, said that in 2020, the largest export volume is for seedless raisins.
“The greatest demand this year was for seedless raisins. The export of these products since the beginning of the year amounted to $450 million. We observe high demand for dried apricots and dried figs, the export of which amounted to over $253 million and $223 million, respectively. This year, a significant increase in exports was to Seychelles, Senegal, and Gambia. In 2019, there were no exports to these countries. However, in 2020, we started supplying there, though in small quantities,” said Çakici.
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