Germany, the Netherlands and the USA demanded Turkish pickles the most

Turkey’s exports of pickles, which are indispensable on the table in autumn and winter, reached $300 million. Turkey decorated the tables of 129 countries with pickles in 2021.

Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association President Hayrettin Ucar stated that Turkey closed the year 2020 with $277 million of pickle exports, and that pickle exports increased by 12% from $268 million to $300 million in the January-November period of 2021. Sharing the knowledge that it produces pickles of over 30 vegetables and fruits, mainly gherkins, peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, almonds, mushrooms, beets, onions, garlic, and tropical fruits, in the highly modern facilities of the Turkish pickle industry, and exports them to 129 countries. He stated that there is an increase in demand for pickles during the pandemic period, as pickles strengthen the immune system in the body.

Sharing the knowledge that Turkey produces 55 million tons of fresh fruit and vegetables annually, President Ucar said, “Pickle production ensures that the products that cannot be consumed fresh in the season, are brought into the economy, and increases the added value. The Aegean Region is by far the leader in Turkey’s pickle production and export, thanks to the diversity and quality in its product patterns. Our Aegean exporters made $240 million of the $300 million of pickle exports we realized in the 11-month period of 2021. While pickled gherkin was the first place in Turkey’s pickle export with an amount of $133 million 250 thousand, pickled peppers showed an export performance of $132 million 860 thousand. In the January-November period of 2021, Germany was at the top with a demand of $76 million of Turkish pickles, while the Netherlands became the summit partner with a demand of $47 million. Turkey sent $32 million of pickles to the United States, $25 million to England, and $11 million to Romania. The number of countries to which we export pickles was 129.

Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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