Anadolu Agency reports, citing data from the Union of Exporters of the Aegean Region of Turkey, that exports of spices from Turkey in 2020 increased by 15% compared to the previous year and reached $ 201.7 million.
In 2019, exports of spices from Turkey amounted to $175.5 million, and in 2020, exports increased by 15% per cent and exceeded $ 201.7 million.
During the reporting period, Turkey exported spices to over 100 countries globally, and the United States became the leading importer of spices.
So, in 2020, exports to the United States amounted to $ 29.7 million, followed by Germany – $ 22.8 million, and China – $ 8.941 million.
The most popular item among Turkish spices is thyme – $ 59.8 million. The second place is taken by bay leaves – $ 44.5 million, and the third is caraway – $ 11.4 million.
A member of the Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association, Latif Ozbek, said that 2019-2020 was favourable.
Ozbek stressed that in 2021, entrepreneurs intend to increase exports by 20% compared to last year.
“Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic in the world, most of the hotels and restaurants have not functioned for quite a long time. However, despite this, we managed to increase exports. Increased sales boosted demand in supermarkets by self-isolating shoppers,” he said.
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