The total crop expectation for this year is 70 to 75 thousand tons. The 2019 crop was 85 thousand tons. About 11 thousand tons remain from the 2019 crop. The quality of this year’s crop is lower than that of the 2019 crop, especially for figs harvested in the southern lowland. Figs harvested in the mountains, however, are of similar quality to the 2019 crop. In terms of yield, we expect a decrease of 10% or more in the total quantity of dried figs relative to last year. This is particularly relevant for figs that are larger in size and classified as numbers 1, 2 and 3. Accordingly, our prices for figs in these categories are high due to the rising cost of the raw material.
News from the field has it that this year’s number of figs per branch may be higher than last year’s. An average of 4 to 5 figs per branch can normally be expected, but this year there are 6 to 7 figs per branch.
Last year 30% to 40% of the crop suffered a decrease in quality due to rain and humid weather in August. This season the drying process will begin with a larger quantity of figs. Quality and aflatoxin related-issues should become clear in the next few weeks depending on rain and humidity conditions. We will be able to offer figs as of the 1st of September.
The quality of the new crop of apricots is better than expected in Malatya, where 85% of the world’s dried apricot production takes place. Approximately 50 thousand families earn their living from this crop and there are 8 million apricot trees in Malatya, which is known as ''the apricots capital of the world’’. Authorities stated that this year, apricot trees were not affected by the rain and the spring frosts. As such, expectations for crop quality and quantity are higher this year than last year.
According to official statements, the agricultural frost that occurred in Malatya between the 23rd and 25th of March will not affect the apricots yield. Last year, 95 thousand and 350 tons of dried apricots were exported to 112 countries, generating 261 million and 397 thousand dollars in revenue. In Malatya this season, yield expectation is high, but the latest agricultural frost posed a risk for apricot trees located below an altitude level of 1100 meters. Authorities stated however that: "Agricultural frost this year is not so severe as to affect the apricot harvest in Malatya. Every year, sections of the crop are affected by agricultural frost, but the loss will not impact overall crop quantity.”
The city of Malatya is home to about 8 million apricot trees and makes Turkey one of the leading exporters of dried apricots in the world. The greatest quantities were exported to the USA, France, Germany, Brazil and the United Kingdom, while 10 kilograms were sent to the Maldives and 100 kilograms to Tanzania.Between January and November this year , 42 377 tons and 108 kilograms of dried apricots were sold to 110 countries, generating a revenue of approximately 109 million 381 thousand dollars.
Turkey concluded the 2017/18 season for seedless raisins production with 279 343 tons in exports and a revenue of 452 million 498 thousand dollars. The export of raisins was 8% higher than in the previous season and even reached a record relative to the previous 9 years. The export of seedless raisins to the Far East also witnessed a considerable increase.The United Kingdom was the leading importer of Turkish raisins with imports corresponding to 118 million 35 thousand dollars in revenue. It was followed by Germany with imports representing 52 million 519 thousand dollars and the Netherlands with 47 million 903 thousand dollars in revenue. The European Union bought 78% of exported Turkish raisins.
Mulberries and apricots grow in the same southeastern region of Turkey. The first week of April saw no major frost in Malatya and its surroundings and, by the end of April, the risk of frost dropped down to zero. A considerable quality crop is expected for both apricots and mulberries. The quality of mulberries, however, could still be affected by conditions prevailing in the coming months as the berries slowly mature and are sun dried. We expect a high yield of larger-sized apricots. This increase in availability may cause prices to go down. Contact us prior to harvest to discuss prices at firstname.lastname@example.org
Close to 75% of apricot blooms have now opened. The weather over the next two weeks will be crucial in determining the 2018 yield. As of now, no frost is expected for the next 10 days. There has been some rain in the past month but water reservoirs are at less than 50% capacity and more water will be needed if problems are to be avoided in the summer. The quality and quantity of apricots will depend on the weather conditions that will prevail in the next 2 months. For all dried fruit inquiries, please contact our sales team at email@example.com
Our company offers both Sultana and Thompson raisins. Sultana and Thompson raisins are both dried seedless grapes that come from the grape variety Vitis vinifera. They simply differ in the way they are treated. Sultana raisins are treated with a vegetable oil and potassium carbonate solution prior to drying, while Thompson raisins are simply left to dry in the sun. Treating the raisins with oil helps prevent the raisins from sticking together. While Sultanas require about 10 days to dry and have a light yellow color, Thompson raisins need an average of 20 days to dry and have a dark color.
Hazelnut prices in Turkey remain high. Although there were rumors of a lack of domestic and Middle Eastern demand for hazelnuts, prices show no sign of decreasing. This is all the more relevant for large calibre hazelnuts as prices are slowly increasing for sizes 13 to 15. While the Turkish Grain Board (TMO) does not appear to consider intervening in the market, interested parties are nevertheless not inclined to purchase hazelnuts at current price levels..
The export of dried figs has reached a record high in the 2017/18 season with 62 000 tons worth 268 million dollars. The highest figures to date had been recorded in the 2013/14 season with 76 000 tons which had generated 253 million dollars. Unlike dried apricot prices which have tended to decrease, dried fig prices have increased over time.France was the leading importer of Turkish dried figs in the 2017/18 season, with French imports totaling 39 million dollars. The 2017/18 season for dried apricots has ended while the Sultana raisins season will conclude by August 31st. The current dried figs season will end on September 26. By September 26, about 1 million dollars are expected to be generated in revenue from dried apricots, Sultana raisins and dried figs.
Last year, 94 874 tons of apricots were exported from Malatya, which is known as the apricot capital of the world. Malatya apricots, which benefit from a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) in the EU, are imported every year by countries around the world and notably by the USA, Russia, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia. This year, authorities announced a dried apricot yield of 80 000 tons. The expected actual yield, however, is about 135 000 tons. This means a greater quantity of dried apricots will be available this year compared to last year. Moreover, Malatya did not experience hail this winter, which could have affected the quality of the crops. Overall, both quality and quantity will exceed expectations.
Turkey is the leading producer of seedless Sultana Raisins with 270 000 tons in production and 230 000 tons in export according to data recorded by the Aegean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters’ Association. The Association’s research also shows that Turkey is the leading exporter of seedless Sultana raisins as it accounts for 27% of world exports. The USA comes in second with 24%, followed by China with 15%, India with 11%, Iran with 7%, and Uzbekistan, Greece and South Africa together with 4%. Turkey exports seedless Sultana raisins to 110 countries around the world. The top importers of Sultana raisins are the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Austria, Canada, Belgium, Spain and Poland. EU countries account for 80-85 % of imports.
The past week has seen an increase in the price of Turkish Sultanas as European importers and packers encounter difficulty in securing raw material. Prices had been stable for several months but the recent global shortage of raisins has caused them to increase. As an indication, good quality Sultanas of size number 9 are being sold for 1750 to 1850 USD per metric ton FOB Izmir. This constitutes a significant increase and both European importers and major Turkish packers foresee that the upward trend will continue. While there should be ample stocks of raw material to meet export requirements, as is often the case with major commodities, other factors at times affect the market, such as a potential short crop. Unsold stocks of Turkish raisins are now hard to find, though some suppliers continue to offer Sultanas in the number 7 and 8 categories, which are darker in color, as substitutes for Thompson raisins. These Sultanas should be less expensive than Thompson raisins but since Thompson raisin stocks are nearly exhausted, prices have been on the rise. Turkish Thompson raisins are now sold for 2200 to 2300 USD per metric ton FOB Izmir, while the less expensive Sultana substitutes are sold with a discount of 400 to 500 USD per metric ton on the Thompson raisin price.
Consumer behavior and decision-making are heavily influenced by advertisements showcased on mass media and social media. One of the messages that is conveyed by the media is that food must look good. Photography tricks are used in advertisements to make food look alluring. In reality, common sense holds, for example, that perfect-looking apples are not used to make apple juice. This is fortunately the case since advertising agencies use deodorant, beeswax or glycerin to give the featured apples their shiny look. Emphasis on the appearance of food has also pervaded the dried fruits sector. Fruits that are naturally dried under the sun turn dark in color. However, consumers are drawn to bright colors under the mistaken assumption, promoted by marketing, that bright colors are an indication of cleanliness, better taste or quality, and of a fruit more fit for consumption. Consumers should think carefully about their food choices. For example, dried figs or dried mulberries that are white in color have actually been bleached. Consumer choices, in turn, have an impact on food producing and processing companies. A demand for products of a particular appearance draws producers away from products that have been processed using natural means. Processing methods that rely on chemicals to enhance appearance result in the loss of the natural shape and color of food.
Dr. Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz) has called dried White Mulberries the new superfood due to their health benefits. In his article on dried white mulberries, he characterized the berries as a tasty and new health sensation. Below are some highlights of the article: If you want to control your blood sugar and help your heart at the same time, look no further. (...) Learn everything you need to know about this exciting new superfood by reading this simple checklist: While many dried fruits contain 30 to 40 grams of sugar (more sugar than a candy bar!), dried mulberries contain less than half the amount of sugar found in raisins and significantly less than dried figs, cranberries, bananas, pineapples, mangos and dates. Even though they're lighter in sugar, these little berries are sweet, with a taste similar to fig and a consistency like a raisin. The berries pack a powerful antioxidant punch thanks to phenols that help neutralize damaging free radicals. Studies suggest that the antioxidants in white mulberries may help protect the heart against damage from some toxins. The berries are also a great source of protein, containing 4 grams of protein in just 1/3 of a cup. The impressive amount of fiber found in mulberries can help lower your cholesterol and regulate your digestion. You can get 20% of your daily fiber needs in just 1/3 of a cup! Watching your weight? No need to worry – mulberries have no saturated fat. (...) A compound called 1-deoxynojirimycin (DNJ) found in mulberry leaves is thought to inhibit sugar digestion so that most sugar is not absorbed into the bloodstream and is instead excreted. Studies suggest DNJ helps prevent spikes in blood sugar. You can drink mulberry leaf tea with your meals to help control blood sugar and possibly prevent diabetes. Contact us to find out about our organic dried mulberries’ prices. We supply this superfood from our factory which has both BRC (AA grade) certification and organic certification. Our mulberries are produced using a combination of traditional methods and state-of-the-art technology such as Sortex and X-ray machines.
Mulberries, which are naturally cultivated in Turkey, offer a variety of health benefits. In addition to the mulberry fruit, however, mulberryleaves also hold surprising health-promoting properties. For example, they are known to assist in the prevention of diabetes through the compound known as 1-deoxynojirimycin which they contain. Mulberry leaves help maintain blood sugar levels within a healthy range and contain powerful antioxidants as well as cholesterol- reducing compounds. Research shows that mulberry leaves are caffeine-free and have a 15% to 28% protein content. They also have 25 times the calcium content of milk and 40 times that of cabbage. They have 2.5 times the iron content of green tea and 10 times that of spinach. At the same time, mulberry leaves are rich in vitamins A, B and C, as well as in compounds which help to burn fat. The most surprising feature of mulberry leaves is their ability to inhibit sugar absorption in the blood through the compound moranoline (1-Deoxynojirimycin / 1-DNJ). Below is a list of compounds present in mulberry leaves with their corresponding health benefits:
1. GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid): regulates blood pressure.
2. 1-DNJ: controls blood sugar levels
3. Phytosterols: help to reduce cholesterol in blood vessels.
4. Flavonoids: are great antioxidants.
5. Quercetin: is good for the liver.
6. Vitamin A: is good for healthy eyes.
7. Vitamin B1: is good for skin and muscle tone.
8. Vitamin B2: is good for digestion and muscular function.
9. Vitamin C: prevents illness.
How to Consume Mulberry Leaves
Mulberry leaves can be consumed in salads. Dried mulberry leaves may also be added to meals and soups or brewed like green tea. Mulberry leaves are not recommended for pregnant women, people with low blood sugar levels or people who suffer from allergic reactions to mulberries. BRC stands for British Retail Consortium. It is a trade association which originated inthe United Kingdom. BRC represents a variety of retailers. It was founded in1992. In 1998, it issued the first edition of the BRC Food Technical Standard andProtocol for food suppliers, which has been widely adopted in the UK and around the world.