Current and future outlook of the Turkish dried grape industry

E. Tırkaz, O. Aşçıoğul, E. Yılmaz, N. Almış
Grapes are one of the world's most produced fruit crops, with approximately 77.8 million metric tonnes (MT) produced each year and are the fruit crop with the highest total value of production in the world. Almost 57% of grapes are used to make wine, 36% are consumed as fresh table grapes and 7% as dried grapes. Drying is one of the most traditional methods of preserving fruits and world dried grapes production is 1.5 MT in 2017. The rate of internationalization of trade for dried grape is very high and it is particularly suited to international trade because of its low transportation cost and easy storage requirements. Today, according to the UN, there are 7.3 billion people and we may reach 9.7 billion by 2050. This growth, along with rising incomes in developing countries, are driving up global food demand, which will shape agricultural markets and dried grape industry. While Turkey and USA dominate global dried grape production, Turkey is the leading dried grape exporter in the world. Turkey's annual dried grape production is approximately 0.30 MT and its export reaches 0.27 MT. In this paper, current and future trends, challenges and Turkey's role in dried grape sector is discussed and information will be given about works and efforts of Turkish dried grape sector at national and international level.
Tırkaz, E., Aşçıoğul, O., Yılmaz, E. and Almış, N. (2020). Current and future outlook of the Turkish dried grape industry. Acta Hortic. 1276, 1-6
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2020.1276.1
dried grapes, raisins, Aegean Exporters' Association, world trade

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