“Weather has been perfect for Turkish cherries in recent months”

Turkey is getting ready for the cherry season. Although the season is still too far off to predict volumes, the weather has been good and the cherries are getting the cold air that they need. One Turkish exporter has invested in a new sorting machine, upgrading from the Cherry Vision 2.0 to 3.0, increasing their processing capacity by almost three time.

According to Enes Gurgen, assistant manager for Turkish fruit exporter Canlar, the 2020 cherry season was actually very positive, despite the challenges of the pandemic: “In the early stages of the pandemic, we prepared our warehouse to keep Covid-19 away from our products, team, and customers. With our "Covid-19 Action Plan" on, we are glad to say we didn't have any case since the beginning. Thanks to the measures we implemented, we had a good year without any difficulties. As a result of the agreement signed between China and Turkey, for the first time, cherry export from Turkey to China took place and created mutually positive results. For the upcoming season, we believe the China market will play a decisive role for Turkey.”

The cherry season will start in a couple of months, but Gurgen states it’s still hard to predict how the volumes will turn out for the upcoming season. “It is still too early to guess about the 2021 season, but the weather was perfect for the Turkish cherries in recent months. We can say, for now, Turkish cherries are getting the cold air that they need. We believe that our main markets will be Europe -especially Northern Europe, Scandinavia- just like every year. The Far East and China are also going to be among our main markets.”

In hopes of a great season, Canlar has decided to upgrade its machinery and increase its processing capacity, Gurgen explains: “We have great expectations for the upcoming cherry season. That’s why we have done some new investments for the upcoming season. We’re upgrading our cherry sorting and packaging machine from Unitec Cherry Vision 2.0 to Cherry Vision 3.0. As a result, we increase our hourly cherry processing capacity almost three times, from 5.6 tons/hour to 15 tons/hour.”

“In addition to the Cherry Vision 3.0, we have started a new project to make our capacity higher and more efficient. Our Denizli Branch will expand its borders with this project with an extra 2500m² closed area, four new cold storage, cherry processing area for Cherry Vision 3.0, loading jacks, and a new office complex,” Gurgen concludes.

For more information:
Enes Gurgen
Tel: +90 507 129 04 94
Email: enes@canlarfruit.com 

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