Turkish food & drink market round up: June 2019

We’re halfway through the year, and Turkey, as ever, remains an exciting, intriguing food & drink market.

In our monthly look at some interesting Turkish news stories, there’s growth in online food sales, higher numbers of cafes throughout Turkey, and predictions on what food we’ll be eating in the future.

Turkish food & drink sector round up 

Number of cafes & patisseries increases in Turkey

According to research from Turkish online food delivery service Yemeksepti, the number of cafes and patisseries offering home delivery in Turkey has greatly increased.
Research highlighted an 103% increase in the number of types of these establishments providing home delivery service.
Yemeksepti’s collected data also flags which products Turks are most interested in, in terms of baked goods and flour-based confectionery. In this instance, it was cookies and sweet biscuits. Cakes were also a popular choice with orders, with chocolate cake, carrot cake and marble cake amongst the most-ordered varieties.

Online food sales rise 112%

Online food sales have grown 112% across the first three months of 2019, compared with the previous year. This makes it the fastest growing e-commerce sector in Turkey.
Reasons behind rising internet food & drink sales are many. Turks have experienced massive fluctuations in food prices right now, so searching online allows them to find the best deals without leaving their homes. Other advantages include easy to access to a variety of products, often locally-produced, and one-day delivery options.
Interestingly, Ideasoft, the company undertaking this research, online shoppers were buying more organic food than high street shoppers. Organic/healthy foods tend to be more expensive than other foodstuffs, so online shopping allows for easy price comparison and makes it easy to affordable produce.

Bugs, bees and bacteria: the foods of the future?

The Istanbul Aydin University Faculty of Fine Arts in Gastronomy and Culinary Arts has predicted what foods humanity will be eating in the future.
Driven by factors such as climate change, increasing populations in Turkey and around the world, loss of arable land, food will change. According to Aydin professors, humans will have to turn towards more exotic, modified fare to stay alive.
Firstly, insects may provide protein. Bees, dragonflies, ants, locusts and snails may soon replace beef, chicken and pork on diner’s plates around the world soon. In fact, locust bacteria may even be used to create milk!
Seaweed and algae has also been reported as a new source of fibre too, in order to replace crops lost with the reduction in global farmland.
Elsewhere, the University’s technology department has said that 3D printing will come into play in the near future. Foodstuffs such as chocolate, sauces, doughs and purees, could be printed on an industrial scale going forward.