Turkish pickle exports hit $151M in first 9 months

By Jeyhun Aliyev

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's pickle exports reached $151 million during the first nine months of the year, the Aegean Exporters' Association (EIB) said on Thursday.

Turkish pickles were exported to 98 countries during the January-September period of 2018, it said.

Hayrettin Ucak, chairman of the Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters' Association, said that up to 81 percent of total pickle exports were made from the Aegean region of Turkey, registering some $121 million revenue in January-September period.

"By the end of 2018, we seek to reach the $200 million target of overall Turkish pickle exports," Ucak said.

Germany was the top importer of Turkish pickles with $35 million revenue during the same timeframe.

The U.S. and the Netherlands followed Germany with $22.6 million and $21.7 million revenue of pickle imports, respectively.

The U.K., Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Greece, Romania and Sweden were also among the major importers of Turkish pickles, the EIB said.

Founded in 1939, the EIB has over 7,500 member companies and comprises 12 associations under its umbrella, according to its website.