OZLEM TUYLEK, EXPORT MANAGER, KOM FOOD:
Sial is one of the world’s biggest and most comprehensive fairs. The results of such organizations are generally positive. The exhibition was really very efficient for our company. We had the opportunity to meet many companies from all over the world and the opportunity to introduce our products. We understood that Turkish products are becoming more and more famous for buyers The demand is increasing. We believe that 2013 will be a very fruitful year for Turkish producers and their products.
VEDAT DORUK, EXPORT MANAGER, DIMES:
Sial organized in France this compared to previous years was high in quality but low in quantity. In the past there was high number of visitors but this year this amount decreased a lot but in reverse the visitors got an extremely high qualifıcations. This is ; important added value. To be frank, in the coming 5-6 years Sial will lose also
his quality particularity because the focus of business is mobilizing towards the East. Dubai Gulfood is a newly rising exhibition which will replace Sial and Anuga within 5-6 years.
In 2013 big opportunities are expected to be realized on behalf of the Turkish food industry because of abundant raw material facilities and strong infrastructure ofthe industry. The only thing îtructure to focus on is quality and branding works.
MEHMET OZEN, MARKETING MANAGER, GUNAYDINLAR ORGANIK:
SIAL 2012 exhibition in Paris was good for our company. I hope the year 2013 will be a good year for the Turkish food sector in terms of exports and over all.
NEVZAT KANAT, KANAT AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS:
The Turkish food sector has been developing every year. I am very positive that 2013 will be a good year for our company as well as the country.
VEYSEL MEMIS, MEMBER OF THE BOARD, MEMISOGLU AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS:
We are participating in Sial Paris since 1998. I can say that it was a little less in the number of visitors this year when compared with previous years. The bad coincidence of fair dates with the Eid-al Adha is the reason for this loss. Since we usually work with Islamic countries, we hardly found visitors at our stand. I hope they care for these important details in the future fairs. I believe that 2013 will be a risky period for the food industry. There has been an increase in cultivation areas in the world agriculture but because of seasonal weather conditions, the result was not satisfactory last year. If it continues this year, too, the prices may increase dramatically and the Turkish food industry may be influenced with this bad situation. I hope it doesn’t happen this way and becomes fruitful for everybody.
TANKUT OZCAN, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR, TUKAS:
SIAL Global Food Marketplace 2012″ is one of the most important meeting points of the world food industry. The EU countries when a lot of Turkish people have been living are good markets for the Turkish food sector. The share of EU countries in the Tukas exports is very high. We always attend SIAL Fairto increase our efficiency and to increase our export volume to this region. ‘Tukas”, our main product category, is a brand in tomato paste preferred by EU countries notably by Germany. In addition to our main products, we displayed a new product at our stand this year. It was a sauce kind namely “Tukas Fume Sauce With Eggplant”, which has been of the products selected for bidding at “New Products, New Discoveries” displays. We will continue to offertastes of Turkish cuisine with an innovative approach. In addition, we gladly represented the Turkish food sector at two organizations in SIAL Fair this year. We had participated in Sial d’OR contest with our Breakfast Sauce which was one of the nine products represented the Turkish food sector.
EVRE DAVRAN, EXPORT MANAGER, TARIS OLIVE
We constantly attend Sial and Anuga food Fairs which are held in tum in every two years. Sial was a successful exhibition for us where we had a chance to meet with our current customers and also with new potential buyers. As we have a good crop in 2012-2013 season, we expect to have an efficient work year. We think that the production problems of other producer countries will also influence for the favor of Turkish exporters.
Although we need to consider the product categories and sub sectors of the food industry, we can say that we expect smaller increases in the food industry. For some products (like olive oil) we do not have competitive power because of the tax applied in EU. These factors seem to avert the growth in the food sector.
OMER BABACAN, OMRAT FOOD:
The Turkish area at Sial Paris attracted fewer visitors because it was located on the passageway. Although the selection of space is very important we had not been well located this year, weither. For our company, it was certainly good for we met with our customers coming from all comers of the world.
When we consider establishing a few new relations, too, it was over all good for us.
I believe that 2013 will also be a tough year for the Turkish food industry. Because the decreasing demands caused by crisis have a bad effect on profıts and the falling profıt margins, in theirtum, threaten the living conditions. I believe that the period ahead of us will be a tough time.