Orange and OJ Production Rise in Turkey

Josh McGillFresh, International, Orange Juice

Orange and orange juice (OJ) production levels in Turkey are forecast to be higher in 2021–22 than in 2020–21, according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS) update. Orange production is now expected to be 1.75 million metric tons (MMT), compared to 1.3 MMT the prior year. OJ production is projected at 10,000 metric tons (MT) in 2021–22, 500 MT higher than last year.

Orange and OJ Production

The country’s fresh orange consumption is expected to be 1.28 MMT in 2021–22, up from 1.0 MT a year earlier.

OJ consumption is revised upward from a previous forecast to 8,413 MT. USDA/FAS reported that the COVID-19 pandemic increased domestic demand for OJ because health-conscious consumers wanted to increase their intake of vitamin C. However, annual consumption of all fruit juices in Turkey, estimated at 8 to 9 liters per person, is considered low when compared to other European countries.

Turkey’s orange exports for 2021–22 are forecast at 400,000 MT, up from 220,000 MT in 2020–21. The 2020–21 export number was down about 24% from the prior year.

Orange imports are pegged at 40,000 MT for 2021–22, down from 44,000 MT in 2020–21. Virtually all of the 2020–21 imports came from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

OJ exports in 2021–22 are expected to decline to 2,800 MT. Turkey exported almost 3,200 MT of OJ the prior year. Leading export destinations were Italy, the Netherlands and China.

OJ import expectations for 2021–22 are the same as last year at 1,213 MT. Turkey mainly imports frozen OJ, most of which comes from Northern Cyprus and Brazil. OJ imports from the Netherlands have been on the rise during the past couple of years due to a growing consumer demand for higher-quality OJ.    

See the full USDA/FAS report on citrus in Turkey.

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

Orange and OJ Production

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