Turkish food & drink market round up: April 2019

More news from the Turkish food & drink industry. This month organic food takes centre stage, while Turkey faces down a shortage of an important vegetable, and a rise in food & drink retail sales.

Turkish food & drink sector round up

As of April 2019, Turkey is currently facing a shortage of available onions.
This is part of a wider in price increases in key foodstuffs nationwide. Price inflation is a very real issue for domestic buyers at the moment in Turkey, thanks to shortages such as this, as well as a greater wobble in the Turkish economy.
State-supported fresh fruit and vegetable stalls have previously been set up across the country to keep supplies coming. Following general elections taking place in early April, a lot of these stalls have been removed from towns and cities throughout Turkey. 
This has left Turks with an onion deficit.
Until the end of April, onion imports in Turkey will be tariff-free. 

Food retail volumes grow between March & February

Retail sales of food & drink products in Turkey rose 2.9% between February and March 2019.
In fact, food & drink products account for half of all merchandise purchased by Turkish consumers, in value terms, each year.
Food retail in Turkey is worth over $80bn, with total retail sales valued at approximately $150bn. 
Turkey is increasingly turning towards Western standards when it comes to grocery shopping. Supermarket and hypermarket stores are seeing their popularity rise exponentially across the country. Chains like BIM, Migros and A101 are leading the charge.
Overall, the top 10 Turkish supermarket chains operate a combined 23,428 stores across Turkey.

Organic food is rising in popularity throughout Turkey

Hurriyet News reports that organic food is seeing a spike in popularity throughout Turkey.
Additive-free, reduced or free from gluten, vitamin-enriched and pesticide-free produce, are proving very popular with Turkish consumers. 
In total, Turks are now consuming over $200m of organic products every year. There are some 72,000 green food producers throughout the nation now, and the internal production figures of organic produce has reached around 3 million tons. 
However, 90% of this is destined for export, and will never reach Turks themselves.
The worldwide market for organic food & drink is valued at roughly $105bn. Turkey only represents a very small part of this global spending, but there is certainly plenty of potential for growth.