The days when Enes’s trade was only sold in vans towards the German Ruhr Area are a thing of the past. “Our Cash & Carry trade is still very much alive, but our clientele has now also spread across the borders. We have customers in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, the UK and France,” says manager Ercument Saka. “The German market trade is still our basis, but growth can be found in other export countries.”
Fourteen years ago, he founded Enes with his partner Huseyin Culdur. The duo now leads the largest Turkish fresh produce trade company in the Netherlands. Besides German market vendors, they’ve also supplied wholesaler’s markets, wholesalers and supermarkets in recent years. Since 2015, Enes has been located in the former Van der Staay building, which has a total surface of nearly 9,000 square metres, 5,000 square metres of which are warehouse surface, where the actual trade can be found. Customers don’t have to leave feeling hungry, they can even get a kebab on site.
Huseyin Culdur and Ercument Saka
“Our strength is in our complete range. For years, the Turkish import has been a strong pillar of our company, but we also import from Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Germany and Belgium,” Ercument says. “In recent weeks we’ve been very busy with the Turkish trade, such as quinces, Santa Maria pears and pomegranates. We’ve carried these for years, but more often in programmes now as well. Demand for pomegranates has increased in recent years, and compared to other origins, the Turkish pomegranates have a better colour. The harvest was good this year. We have a good supply in our cells, and we’re hoping to make the season last until late February.”
Enes also managed to find its way to Belgium in recent years. Enes buys a significant volume of fruit and vegetables from BelOrta, Coöperatie Hoogstraten and REO Veiling. “Huseyin enjoys buying in bulk, he sometimes buys 80 pallets per day. The sales team and I then have the challenge to find customers for all of that. Fortunately, customers also know how to find us for the Belgian vegetables. We’re more than satisfied with 2018,” Ercument concludes.