OJ Production in Turkey to Rise

Ernie Neff International, Orange Juice

For 2021-22, orange juice (OJ) production in Turkey is forecast at 10,000 metric tons (MT) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). That is higher than the 2020-21 OJ production total of 9,500 MT total, and is in correlation with high production and increasing domestic demands.

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The amount of oranges sent to processing plants increased to 110,000 MT. The Turkish fruit processing industry is still under development and is seeking government support to develop the industry so it can reach out to potential export markets.

Turkey produced 16 million metric tons (MMT) of all fruit in 2020-21 and only 1.3 MMT of those were processed by the industry as raw materials for fruit juice. The most produced juices are apple, pomegranate and orange.

After the COVID-19 pandemic began, demand for orange juice increased; the same demand increase occurred in Florida as a result of the pandemic. However, total fruit juice consumption in Turkey is estimated at 8 to 9 liters per year, which is considered very low when compared with European countries.

Orange juice exports are forecast at 3,250 MT for 2021-22 in correlation with increasing foreign market demand and high production. Turkey exported 3,159 MT of orange juice in 2020-21, valued at $4 million, mainly to Italy, the Netherlands and China.

In 2021-22, orange juice imports are estimated to stagnate at the same level as 2020-21, or 1,213 MT. Turkey imported 2,213 MT of orange juice in 2019-20. Turkey mostly imports orange juice, frozen, sweetened or unsweetened. Imports are mainly from Northern Cyprus and Brazil.

Orange juice imports from the Netherlands have been significantly increasing due to customer preference for higher quality imported orange juice.

See the full FAS report on citrus in Turkey.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service

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