Dried fruits are among Turkey’s traditional agricultural export products. Turkey is the most important dried fruit exporter in the world. In terms of quantity nearly 25% of world dried fruit exports come from Turkey. The export figures of dried fruits both in terms of quantity and value, generally has shown an upward trend annually.
Turkey exports dried fruits to the five continents of the world and to 133 countries. Nearly 65% of the exports are directed to European Union Countries. 45% of exports were directed to 4 countries, namely UK, Germany, France and the USA in 2016. Apart from the EU countries; the USA, Australia, Canada and Brazil are the other important destinations for Turkish dried fruits.
Turkish dried figs are the favorite items for Christmas in the Christian world. Also, they are keenly sought after by Muslims especially during Ramadan as well as during the periods of traditional American and Jewish holidays.
It is expected that, as their nutritional and medicinal value is understood, Turkish dried fruit exports will hopefully increase further in the future. Before exportation, dried fruits go through sophisticated laser sorters to avoid any foreign elements. Table picking is performed by skilled quality control technicians depending on buyers’ specifications. Strict standards are applied to ensure each box of dried fruits is free of mold, pests and other imperfections. Thus, Turkish dried fruits, today, are known for supreme quality and utmost cleanliness in international markets.
Today, most of the dried fruits exporter companies have been awarded the ISO and HACCP system certificates. In addition, the province of Izmir, located on the Aegean region, is the main export area for Turkish dried fruits, in which the largest dried fruit processing and exporting companies in Turkey have been established.