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Turkish processors focus increasingly on value addition Turkish fisheries products are exported to 80 countries around the world, and seabass, seabream and trout are the main exported species. “The Turkish seafood

industry is also taking a big step forward in terms of value addition,� says Mr Ozerdem Maltas, head of Aquaculture, DG for Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock. Ten years ago Turkey exported only frozen products but since then the industry has developed and now offers a range of products including chilled, filleted, smoked, breaded, and ready-to-eat from

some 150 processing plants. “Russia is a big country and it is a big market for us,� continues Mr. Maltas, “Now we sell close to 10,000 tonnes every year to Russia, for about 50 million US dollars. For the next ten years we will be focusing on Russia, as well as other Eastern European countries. Fish consumption in these areas is below the recommended amount and there is space to grow�.

Eurofish will also organise a business platform at fish International, Bremen, 25-27 February 2018. For more information, contact Aleksandra Petersen, +45 333 777 63,

The President of the Central Union of Aquaculture Producers Faruk Coskun says. “The Russian market is very attractive for Turkey and here in St. Petersburg and at the show, we have noticed that Turkish seabass, seabream and trout are available and popular.� The Central Union brings together 18 associations from 18 provinces, which comprise around 1,000 farmers thus representing around half the fish farms and four fifths of the country’s aquaculture production. Approximately 8-10 companies from the association are already present on the Russian market. Companies present at the Eurofish Business Platform have already spoken to several potential partners and the communication has so far been very successful. We are very happy with the business platform arrangement and we hope that in future years we will be able to participate in the show, adds Mr Coskun.

Yavuzlar Seafood company is convinced that it is not enough only to produce fish, but it is also necessary to attend trade fairs. The company has production locations in different cities and recently opened a hatchery. Annual production amounts to 1.7 million fish and 8 million fingerlings and exports go to the Netherlands, Belgium and the UAE. “Our products are not yet sold on the Russian market,� says Nejdet Yavuz, the company’s president, “but we have a wide range of products which are already being sold in Europe. We came here to discover the Russian market for ourselves, to see which products are brought here by other exhibitors and to understand if we could compete. It is a great possibility to participate in the show and we are happy to be part of the Eurofish Business Platform – we all here work as a team.� Ozcan Kadem, a marketing executive at Yavuzlar, expressed a liking for Russia and thought the days spent at the fair would have a positive impact on the future of their business as they had managed to communicate with a great number of people at the business platform which hopefully would lead to closer contacts.

Uluturhan Seafood company produces around 1,000 tonnes of trout that is exported to five countries. The company has been interested in the Russian market for several years and this time decided not to miss the opportunity. BeyazÄąt Uluturhan, the company president, found that he had a chance to talk to a great number of people at the show and concluded that they were open and ready for collaboration. “We had visitors who would come back to us and I’m sure that we will be able to establish long-lasting contacts. The organizers of the Business Platform have provided us with a high quality venue for meeting potential partners and customers,â€? he added.

Kilic Seafood, one of the biggest fish farming companies in Europe producing 50 thousand tonnes of fish and employing over 2.000 people, was also represented at the Eurofish Business Platform. “The Russian market is very important to us and we plan to expand our possibilities here,� says Hayri Deniz, external consultant. The company is also considering opening a farm there. In the EU and the US the company has almost reached the peak of its abilities, he says, and would like to try something new. Russia is a big country with big opportunities and the Eurofish Business Platform gave us a unique opportunity to promote the Turkish seafood sector, our companies, and ourselves.




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