Despite the complications in the Russian market for fresh produce exporters, Russia remains the number one export destination for Turkish citrus.
Last year, except for oranges, Russia was the main recipient of Turkish citrus across every category. For easy peelers, Turkey sent 206.6 million kilograms of shipments to Russia – the next most popular export destination, Ukraine, received 120.7 million kilograms. The same was true for lemons, with Russia receiving 112.4 million kilograms while Saudi Arabia received 46.3 million kilograms. While the gap between the number one and number two export destinations was less severe for the grapefruit category, Turkey sent more than 23.0 million kilograms of grapefruit to Russia than it did to the second-most popular destination. This underscores how important Russia is to the Turkish citrus industry, where 40 percent of the nation's production is exported.
“This year, 25 exhibitors from Turkey will be at Fruit Logistica, and more exporters than last year are expected to be at the event,” said Yilmaz. “A cocktail reception will be held in order to bring Turkish exporters and buyers together. Fresh orange juice will be served and backpacks will be distributed at the stand of the Citrus Promotion Group.”