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Coimex welcomed its Kenyan member in its office in Turkiye. Stekar, reached another significant milestone after years of successful collaboration within our community. As the first member of the Coimex community to execute deals in Africa, the Middle East, and Russia, Stekar continues to enhance its success. The purpose of this visit was to establish communication with Turkish avocado importers and strengthen existing relationships.
Karen Ndulu and John Mengo from Stekar Foods, the first exporter member of Coimex on the African continent, visited Turkiye to reaffirm their commitment to our community, strengthen existing collaborations, and sign new agreements. During their visit, the member company toured Coimex’s Turkiye office, met with our team face to face, built a stronger business relationship, and took the first steps for new agreements. The success of our member was made possible through the unique advantages provided by Coimex to its business partners and members, built on strong collaboration foundations and support. This collaboration, lasting for years, is not only based on commercial agreements but also on a partnership grounded in mutual trust and support.
Our Kenyan member, benefiting from various advantages and collaboration opportunities provided by Coimex, engaged in interactions and collaborations with other members of the Coimex community through B2B meetings during this membership period. Stekar’s visit to Turkiye is an example of strengthening ties among Coimex members and increasing confidence in global trade.
This visit by our Kenyan member demonstrates that Coimex is not just a community in foreign trade but also acts as a supporter for its members, serving as a business partner and contributing value to global trade. While Coimex strengthens its leading role in foreign trade through its exclusive services, the success of our Kenyan member reflects mutual trust and support.
With a vision of growing and achieving success together with reliable foreign trade companies, Coimex continues to add value to its members and support them. The visit of our Kenyan member to Turkiye is an example of the success of Coimex as a global food community. We, at Coimex, eagerly anticipate future collaborations, joint projects, and success stories from not only this member but also from all our members.
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Customer and consumer behaviors are constantly changing and becoming even more diverse. As a result, the promotion of a product or service has become increasingly crucial. Industry fairs still maintain their significance as they serve as opportunities for sectoral gatherings and product and company introductions.
In today’s world, physical fairs still maintain their importance as they provide an opportunity to closely examine companies and products from various locations around the globe. In this era of intensified competition and increased reliance on online platforms, food fairs are gaining significance to enhance visibility in the industry. Therefore, we compiled the food fairs held in Turkey in 2023-2024, for you.
Participating in Food & Beverages Events in Turkey has Several Benefits
Establishing Face-to-Face Communication with Target Audience and Potential Buyers
Rapid Focus on the Target Audience
Increasing Brand Awareness and Demonstrating Industry Strength
Showcasing New and Existing Products to the Target Audience:
Exploring New Markets and Business Connections
Outshining Competitors in the Market: By participating in fairs, you can gain a competitive edge over rivals.
Better Understanding Competitors and Potential Customer Base
Conducting High-Volume Sales with Exclusive Fair Promotions
Sharing International Trade Experiences for Sectoral Knowledge Exchange: Fairs provide an opportunity to share experiences in international trade and exchange sector-specific knowledge with others in the industry.
Important Food Fairs Held in Turkey 2023-2024
The important international food fairs held in Turkey are as follows:
World Food Istanbul (Istanbul)
CNR Food (Istanbul)
International Food and Beverage Specialty Fair (Antalya)
World Food Istanbul is a massive food fair hld in Turkey that brings together global food companies from all around the world in Istanbul. This year, it will take place at TÜYAP Congress Center from September 6th to 9th, 2023. WorldFood hosts over 1,500 local and foreign exhibitors showcasing their products in 70 different product categories and thousands of brands. In addition to attracting nearly 50,000 visitors, the fair is also preparing to host more than 800 VIP buyers from over 70 countries.
Following, CNR Food is one of the significant fairs that bring together the global food industry in Istanbul. It will be held from September 7th to 10th at Istanbul Yenikapı-Avrasya Show & Art Center. The fair’s participant profile includes various sectors such as meat and meat products, fruits-dried fruits, and vegetables, dairy and dairy products, confectionery, biscuits, and bakery products, organic products, gourmet products, cereals and legume products, basic food products, food additives, and snacks.
Thirdly, the 30th International Food and Beverage Specialization Fair will take place from February 6th to 9th, 2024, at the ANFAS International Fair and Congress Center in Antalya. This food fair held in Turkey holds significant importance as one of Turkey’s major HORECA (Hotel/Restaurant/Café) fairs. The participant profile of the fair includes various sectors such as legumes, cereals, spices, solid and liquid oils, meat and meat products, dairy and dairy products, bakery products, additives, chocolate, confectionery, ice cream, wholesale food distribution, seafood, and beverages.
Subsequently, anohter important boutique fair that brings together halal companies and products in Istanbul. It will be held from November 23rd to 26th, 2023, at the Yeşilköy Istanbul Fair Center. Halal Expo will host more than 500 purchasing professionals from target markets worldwide, including Turkey, the Middle East, Central and Western Europe, the Balkans, and Africa, as part of the procurement delegation program. Additionally, new distributors will be present at the fair. There will be opportunities to establish halal business networks and sectoral conferences during the event.
Following, the Export Gateway to Africa Fair which will take place on November 21st to 23rd, 2023, is fifth. It will be at Istanbul Yenikapı-Avrasya Exhibition and Art Center. The fair aims to create new markets beyond the contracting European market, establish an extensive trade-export network with Africa for Turkey’s leading sectors, and increase the trade volume between Turkey and African countries.
The Interfresh Euroasia Fair, held in Antalya, will take place between September 28th and 30th, 2023. It brings together the sectors of vegetables, fruits, packaging, logistics, storage, and agricultural technologies under the Interfresh Eurasia Fair. The fair aims to create commercial and sustainable business traffic by bringing together participants, visitors, associations, sector unions, public institutions, and organizations.
Last but not least, the F Istanbul Food and Beverage Fair took place at the Istanbul Expo Center from July 12th to July 14th. This year’s fair was the second edition, following its inaugural event in 2022. The main objective of the fair is to shape according to the industry’s needs, reach alternative exporters and products that will boost the country’s exports to global markets, connect participants with new customers, and offer them new market opportunities.
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On February 6th, we experienced a highly destructive earthquake with its epicenter in Kahramanmaraş. The earthquake caused significant devastation in Kahramanmaraş, Hatay, Kilis, Diyarbakır, Adana, Osmaniye, Gaziantep, Adıyaman, Şanlıurfa, and Malatya. According to official figures, the earthquake resulted in a loss of more than 50,000 lives and many buildings either collapsed or suffered severe damage. Naturally, agriculture and food were also affected. In this article, we discuss the Earthquake’s Impact in Turkey on agriculture, food, and livestock.
Agricultural lands and production facilities in the region suffered significant losses due to the earthquake’s impact. Debrises swalloweed the agricultural equipment burieng it under earth, and the region experienced a loss of workforce due to fatalities and mandatory migrations following the earthquake. The earthquake also had adverse effects on the environment and underground water sources.
The Extent of the Damage
According to the report prepared by the Presidency Strategy and Budget Directorate, the damages and losses in agriculture caused by the earthquake’s impact in Turkey have reached 24.2 billion Turkish liras, based on the initial assessments.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) evaluated the effects of the earthquakes centered in Kahramanmaraş in February on agricultural production in Turkey.
In a statement by the United Nations, it was mentioned that “Initial assessments indicate significant impacts on agriculture with preliminary estimates of $5.1 billion in losses and $1.3 billion in damages in the sector.”
In a written statement by the FAO, it was stated that “Devastating earthquakes hit the south of Turkey and the north of Syria on February 6, 2023. Initial assessments of the earthquakes’ impact in Turkey show serious damages in the affected regions in terms of agricultural infrastructure, livestock, crops, fisheries, and aquaculture.”
The statement further mentioned, “The earthquake severely affected 15.7 million people in Turkey and 11 agricultural cities that account for over 20% of the country’s food production. The region affected by the earthquake, known as Turkey’s ‘fertile crescent,’ constitutes 15% of the agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) and contributes to 20% of Turkey’s agricultural food exports.”
Earthquake’s Impact in Turkey on Livestock
In addition to agriculture, it is stated that the earthquake has also affected Turkey’s important livestock regions, leading to the death and serious injury of animals. The shortage of shelters and feed, interrupted vaccine production, risks of foot-and-mouth disease, and concerns about deteriorating livestock conditions after the earthquake have been raised.
Hamit Kurt, the Chairman of the Agriculture Orkam-Sen Inspection Board, prepared a report on Agriculture and Livestock in the earthquake-stricken region.
“In Turkey approximately 50,000 small and large livestock, around 3,000 beehives, and nearly 5,000 domestic animals (cats, dogs, birds, etc.) were observed to be perished in the region. Thousands of animals were injured due to the earthquake’s impact, and many animals had to be sold at prices below their value due to impossibility and compulsion by their owners.”
Earthquake’s Impact in Turkey To Reduce Fish Production by 7 Million Tons
The fishing industry in Kahramanmaraş, which holds an important position in trout farming in Turkey, has also been negatively affected by the earthquake, just like other sectors. Due to the significant damage to numerous facilities and mass fish deaths, a 40% decrease is expected in trout production, which is carried out in Kahramanmaraş and exported to 54 countries. Despite not having a coastline, the fish raised in the reservoirs of Kahramanmaraş are exported to 15 countries.
Trout raised in facilities established on reservoirs in Kahramanmaraş are exported to 15 countries, including Poland, Romania, Germany, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Lebanon, Qatar, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, the United States, China, Iran, and Iraq.
Ibrahim Sarı, the President of the Kahramanmaraş Fishermen’s Association, stated that approximately 14 facilities suffered serious damage during the earthquake, and he announced that this year’s trout production is expected to decrease from 17 million tons last year to 10 million tons. He also added that mass fish deaths occurred in all of their land-based facilities due to water supply disruptions.
Due to the damage incurred at some private-sector inland aquaculture facilities in the earthquake-stricken region, 101 tons of fish and 37.4 million fish fry died, resulting in a total fish cost estimated at 63.2 million TL (3.4 million dollars).
According to the 2023 Kahramanmaraş and Hatay Earthquakes Report, approximately 5,756 out of the 1.6 million beehives in the region have been damaged. The estimated cost of replacing them is 8.6 million TL (456,000 dollars).
This year, these 15 countries will have to import trout from other countries, leading to a decrease in Kahramanmaraş’s fish exports and the amount it would earn from exports.
Earthquake’s Impact in Turkey on Food and Agriculture — Vegetables, Fruits, and Nuts
Malatya is known for its apricot production, while Gaziantep is the capital of Antep pistachios. Hatay has the highest mandarin orange production in Turkey and is the second-largest producer of plums. Kahramanmaraş is among the leading provinces in walnut production. Adıyaman ranks first in tobacco production in Turkey.
The earthquake-affected region accounts for 8.7% of Turkey’s vegetable production and 16.9% of fruit production. Without taking necessary measures, there is a significant risk of a significant decline in yields in certain fruit varieties.
Hatay takes the lead in Turkey for products such as parsley, chard, plums, lettuce, citrus fruits, pumpkin, carrots, peas, okra, mint, eggplant, olives, garlic, onions, turnips, cape gooseberries, and Trabzon dates. While fruit orchards account for 14.04% of Turkey’s total agricultural areas, Hatay’s share reaches 35.43%. Olive groves cover 51,841 hectares of this area. The total share of vegetable areas in Hatay is nearly three times the national average.
In Malatya, production is primarily based on apricots. The annual average production of dried apricots is around 80,000 to 100,000 tons. Turkey accounts for 90% of the global dried apricot market, with 70% belonging to Malatya.
The region holds 82.7% of Turkey’s pistachio production, with Gaziantep accounting for 23.4% and Adıyaman for 11.3% of the production. Adıyaman also has a significant share in chickpea and garlic production. Hatay contributes 2% of Turkey’s corn production, while Kahramanmaraş contributes 3%. The region supplies 17.8% of Turkey’s almond production, with Adıyaman accounting for that share. Hatay alone carries out 20.8% of Turkey’s citrus fruit production, contributing to 57.5% of the country’s total. In olive production, the region accounts for 16% of Turkey’s output, with Hatay having a 4% share.
Our exports in February decreased by 6.4% compared to the same month last year, reaching 18.6 billion dollars. According to customs data, there has been a significant decrease in exports, particularly in Hatay, Adıyaman, Malatya, and Kahramanmaraş, after the earthquake.
After the earthquake, apricots remained unsold, farmers wait
In Malatya, one of the cities most affected by the earthquake on February 6th, apricots remained unsold by the farmers. The Great Şire Market in Malatya also suffered significant damage due to the earthquake. Despite challenging conditions, efforts are being made to prepare for the new apricot season in Malatya, which meets 85% of the world’s dried apricot demand.
Erhan Almendi, the Vice Chairman of Malatya Commodity Exchange, stated that there has been a significant decline in dried apricot exports following the earthquakes with magnitudes of 7.7 and 7.6, centered in Pazarcık and Elbistan. However, he expressed belief that this situation will be overcome.
Erhan Almendi emphasized the importance of apricots for the recovery of the city affected by the earthquakes, stating that Malatya is known as the “apricot capital of the world” and holds significant brand value.
Post-Earthquake Assistance and Recommendations
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is requesting $112 million to provide cash, livestock, and agricultural support to 900,000 people in rural areas affected by the earthquake.
According to a report prepared by the Presidency of Strategy and Budget, short-term measures that need to be taken include repairing damaged barns and sheds, rebuilding the collapsed ones, providing animal tents for animals with shelter problems due to the destruction of barns and sheds, and supplying roughage, concentrated feed, medication, and vaccines to livestock breeders.
The repair and reconstruction of facilities such as warehouses, processing plants, and silos, compensating for the losses incurred due to animal deaths, providing seed and fertilizer support to farmers to ensure spring planting, and taking measures to employ sufficient seasonal agricultural workers in the region are also included in the short-term policy recommendations.
We are including our exporters in the earthquake-affected region in the “Earthquake Zone Campaign” within the Coimex community.
We have prepared a campaign called the “Earthquake Zone Campaign” to support traders in the earthquake-affected region and contribute to their continuation of international trade during these challenging times. If your factory or central office is located in Hatay, Kahramanmaraş, Gaziantep, Malatya, Adıyaman, Şanlıurfa, Kilis, Diyarbakır, Şırnak, Adana, or Osmaniye, we are immediately opening your FREE Coimex account. After you make your first sale through Coimex, we will start your paid membership at a discounted rate. You can access the details of the campaign from here.
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“Thanks to Coimex, I found the opportunity to trade with trustable companies. My belief is that a combination of traditional and digital methods is the most efficient approach. Thank you, Coimex.”
Bringing together trusted foreign trade companies and enabling them to conduct sustainable trade, Coimex continues to add more than 1,000 trusted members from 108 countries to its community. In a post-based system with immediate opportunities, members have the opportunity to engage in trusted and sustainable foreign trade by communicating directly with the decision-makers on Coimex’s applications.
Casa is a Dubai-based company dedicated to providing high-quality products. While Casa was looking for the highest quality dried figs from the Aydin region of Turkey this time around, a Daimon Brand product post, which showcases their profile and product on the Coimex system, was sent to Casa as an immediate notification. Casa’s G. Jeny Clemente immediately contacted the company’s decision-maker, Ali Adlı. As a result of the agreement between the two companies to initiate a dialogue with messaging within Coimex’s infrastructure, Casa had the opportunity to buy high-quality figs at an affordable price. Thus, the trade of dried figs between two trusted companies that are members of Coimex took place successfully.
It is a company with more than 20 years of experience in the food, logistics, and trading sectors. It ships its products from Turkey to all over the world. Daimon Brand primarily trades natural and organic dried figs, dried apricots, raisins, chestnuts, olives, and olive oil, with the aim of listening to and fulfilling their customers’ wishes regarding product quality, service, and sustainability. The company’s priorities are trustworthiness, health, first-class quality, hygiene, customer satisfaction, and environmentally-friendly production.
Headquartered in Dubai, Casa Commodities has been on a mission to develop and trade in international markets since its inception in 1981, with its experience, qualified workforce, and current external relations. The company brings products from many Turkish manufacturers to the Middle East market. Casa predominantly trades sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, dried apricots, dried figs, and pasta.
Daimon Brand – Ali Adlı
“Trust is a very important topic in foreign trade. Thanks to the messaging system on Coimex, which brings the exporter and importer together on a digital platform in a trustable environment, we contacted Casa instantly. We made our trade in a trusted and easy way. It was a good deal for us.”
Casa Commodities – G. Jenny Clemente
“For some time now, we have been searching for new suppliers of dried figs. While we were on such a quest, we had the opportunity to directly contact the company’s owner, Mr. Ali, through the Coimex system, thanks to Coimex. We carried out our trade, in a quick, trustable, and successful way. Thanks to Coimex I find the opportunity to trade with trusted companies. I believe that the combination of traditional methods and digital methods is the most effective. Thanks, Coimex.”
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On September 15, under the moderation of Coimex CEO Selhattin Urfalı, 3 Geography, 3 Speed, 3 Strategy events were held with the valuable participation of Bangladesh Ambassador Mosud Mannan His Excellency, Yeccima Director General Warmate Jones Idikio, Uncci Secretary General S. Kabagambe, Nairobi Trade Advisor Murat Can Kılınç, Baccima General Manager Sani Tahir Hamid and Mumbai Commercial Attaché Hüseyin Aydın.
In the webinar, African, Indian and Turkish markets were evaluated. Developments and opportunities in trade relations with these countries were discussed. The subject of developing sales strategies was discussed.
What Does the Bangladesh Market Promise?
Ambassador of Bangladesh, Mr. Mosud Mannan, greeted everyone who attended the meeting, opened the meeting and summarized the topics to be discussed. He continued his speech by explaining how Bangladesh gained its independence through the liberation war and inherited an economy to which the country was accustomed to its poverty.
Bangladesh Ambassador Mosud Mannan’s main goal is to see the country prosper. For this reason, the Ambassador stated that they are constantly trying to improve both their economic situation and their social areas. Explaining that Bangladesh has managed to keep its GDP growth positive over the years, Ambassador stated that even after the pandemic, Bangladesh still has a GDP growth of 3.8%. The Economic Intelligence Unit announced that the country’s growth expectation for the next four years is 7.4% annually. Mannan also said that Bangladesh is one of the countries with the highest GDP per capita growth rate in Asia in 2020 and that Bangladesh’s GDP per capita grew by 9.1%, with Bangladesh having the highest GDP growth rate in South Asia. Stating that Bangladesh’s lands are fertile, Ambassador also announced that they will continue to give priority to agricultural growth in the coming years, as rice production is at an all-time high.
The Ambassador stated in his speech that banking systems have changed since they left British rule. Stating that Bangladesh has moved from a state-controlled system to a market-based open economy using a stabilization, liberalization, and reorganization program, Ambassador also said that there are numerous new facilities and opportunities for those who want to do business with Bangladesh. According to Mr. Mosud Mannan, paperwork procedures have also become much faster and able to provide a skilled workforce.
Which Products Can You Import and Export With Bangladesh?
In the export area, Bangladesh offers high-quality rice, seafood such as shrimp and fish, and although they have a high amount of rice for import, they sometimes want imported rice when production is low due to weather conditions in addition to onions and lentils. In addition to these, he stated that they are open to the import of fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Ambassador Mr. Mosud Mannan also stated that although they are very popular in Bangladesh, cherries, and nuts cannot be grown in Bangladesh and this could be a good option for those looking for export opportunities.
What are the Strong Products of the Nigerian Market?
Nigerian Yeccima Director-General Warmate Jones Idikio said at the beginning of his speech that Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. He stressed that Nigeria is part of the MINC nations, a community that includes countries with great potential for economic development. Warmate Jones Idikio, who stated that the banking system in Nigeria is market-oriented, also stated that Nigeria’s GDP per capita is $1.116 trillion, its nominal GDP is about $514 billion, the human development index is 35.1 and the population density is 218 percent per kilometer.
Yeccima Director-General, Warmate Jones Idikio, stated that their country is open to agriculture and Nigeria already imports high amounts of citrus, grapes, nuts, dates, figs, pineapples, avocados, cherries, peaches, and plums and will continue to import them.
Sani Tahir Hamid, Managing Director of Baccima, said Nigeria is a major exporter of cocoa, cotton, palm oil, and palm kernels. Sani Tahir Hamid, who stated that Nigeria currently trades with more than 100 countries around the world, also stated that Nigeria has a total of 70.8 million hectares of land for agriculture, which they use to grow nutrients such as seeds, wheat, corn, rice, and yam. He said their main focus is rice production because they produced 5 million metric tons of rice this year, as in 2020. Stating that more than 45 percent of Nigerian citizens are engaged in agriculture, Sani Tahir Hamid underlined that Nigeria is also Africa’s third-largest cocoa producer. Stating that they exported 245 metric tons of cocoa only to India in 2020, Sani Tahir Hamid also stated that Nigeria also has 7 million hectares of land ready for mechanized agriculture, therefore they invite foreign investors and people who want to develop business relations to their fertile lands. Sani Tahir Hamid, who said that with this method, Nigeria guarantees that it will always offer export opportunities to its foreign investors, said that Nigeria has cement production and recycling options for those who want to establish small businesses.
Stating that Nigeria started a program to encourage local milk production in the country at the beginning of February, Baccima Managing Director Sani Tahir Hamid said that,
Nigeria is inadequate in terms of modern storage facilities and distribution networks, as a result of which they tend to lose a significant amount of what they harvest. He also stated that another reason why they need modern storage facilities is their desire to import more.
Kenya Offers Great Opportunities to Foreign Traders!
In his speech, Kenya Nairobi Commercial Counselor Murat Can Kılınç said that while talking about Kenya, he is talking about other countries in the region because these countries are similar to Kenya in many ways. Murat Can Kılınç said that in recent years, investors have started to turn their attention to Africa and that more and more investors are doing the same. He also said that Kenya is the most developed and largest economy in Middle East Africa, with Kenya contributing more than 50 percent of the East African community region’s GDP.
Murat Can Kılınç emphasized in his speech that Kenya, which is a country dependent on agriculture, prioritizes nutrients in exports. Murat Can Kılınç stated that as a result, they exported a large amount of macadamia nut, pineapple, avocado, and coffee, and said that they also imported many foodstuffs. Murat Can Kılınç stated that sugary products, processed foods such as pasta, and fresh fruits such as apples and grapes are imported in large quantities in Kenya, adding that it is difficult to find apricots, figs, hazelnuts, peaches, and cherries in Kenya and that these products have small markets in the region.
He said that in Kenya, they had no problems producing their own food until 2019, however, when the locusts emerged, the invasion had badly affected the country. Thereupon, Murat Can Kılınç, who said that Kenya had a difficult time in agricultural production and trade with the pandemic and drought, also stated that Kenya also had storage problems. Saying that Kenya needs modern food storage units, distribution systems, and product safety, Murat Can Kılınç also said that most of the packaged foods in Kenya are imported, such as pasta. He stated that although there is no pasta production in the country, there is demand and consumption and that the Kenyan government invites foreign investors to the country and the government offers reasonable prices to investors. However, at the end of his speech; He also stressed the importance of being aware of the export verification procedure when exporting to Kenya.
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