According to recent data and a press release from the Turkey Promotion Group, the country is on track to become the top exporter of dried fruits and nuts to the United States this year.
More than half of world’s dried figs are produced in Turkey and exported to more than 150 countries. In 2018, the U.S spent $47.2 million to import 11,472 tons of dried figs. Of those, 8,640 tons of dried figs, or 75 percent, were from Turkey.
Turkey is also the top dried apricot exporter to the U.S., with 12,755 tons and $41.5 million spent in 2018. In that same year, the U.S. imported a total of 13,970 tons of dried apricots worth $44.9 million.
Turkey is among the top 10 raisin exporters to the U.S. with 11,172 tons and $2.8 million in 2018. Last year, the U.S. imported a total of 48,327 tons of raisins worth $87.5 million. Turkey produces almost 25 percent of the world’s dried grapes.
Owing to high production figures this year, Turkey is on track to dominate the world market in this sector again in 2019. Thanks to its extreme capacity and flexibility to meet international demands, Turkey is primed to offer some of the world’s healthiest products with exquisite product taste and supreme quality.