Semolina, spaghetti and pasta products from Gaziantep to the world…
Goymen Tarim A.S., a Gaziantep-based food producer, is active in a wide variety of pasta products with quality certifications. The products of Goymen with its brand name “DOGA” are very popular in domestic market as well as in 40 countries. We interviewed Sadettin Okan, Export Manager of Doga Macaroni, about their success story. Full text of the interview follows:
Could you introduce us your company briefly?
Our company was established in 1956. At the beginning, we have produced wheat flour with a capacity of 15 tons/day. In 1969, we became the second largest producer of flour in the region.
In order to expand our fields of activity and assess market demands, we have decided to invest pasta/macaroni in 1972. Our capacity has increased and renewed with continues investments since then.
Our products are produced with 100% durum wheat semolina under ISO 9001 and 22000 quality assurance certificates. We are also certified with ISO 14001, ISO / IEC 27001 in Jan.2014.
What does your product range include?
We are manufacturer of semolina, spaghetti and pasta products in Gaziantep, Turkey. We produce spaghetti with different sizes; from 1.2mm to 2.0mm thickness and 15 different shapes of short pasta under our brands DOGA and PASTA MONDO.
What capacities do you have in production and which percentage do you sell them in domestic and foreign markets?
With new investments in 2013, we have increased our milling capacity to 600 tons/day of processing durum wheat. Now, our production capacity is 175 tons/day spaghetti and 200 tons/day short pasta.
We mainly export our products to West Africa, East Africa, Far East, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Balkans and South America with more than 40 countries sharing 40% of our production capacity.
Domestic market shares 60% of our production capacity and with more than 50 local distributors, our products are delivered throughout Turkey without compromising our quality.
Can you tell us about your participation in international fairs? Which fairs are important for your company and products?
Every year we participate in main international fairs, GULFOOD, ANUGA, SIAL, FHC CHINA, which are related with our sector. GULFOOD is our main international fair and it is a real meeting point for decision makers and suppliers of our products.
How do you evaluate future of the Turkish food industry?
Turkey’s plentiful natural resources create an opportunity for its food processing industry to grow and supply to new export markets. Turkey has the opportunity to capitalize from its geographic proximity to Europe Central Asia and the Middle East to satisfy these export markets.
Turkey’s Aegean, Black Sea and Anatolian regions well suited to the production of foodstuffs. There may also be a possible opportunity for Halal market to cater for a raising domestic and foreign Islamic population.
Would you like to add anything more?
We wish all participants have very successful business relationship during GULFOOD 2014.