Turkey sets own record in pastry exports in 2011
Turkey’s exports of pastry products hit an all time record in 2011, head of a Turkish pastry producers association said.
GAZIANTEP- “We exported 406 tons of pastry products in 2011 which is a record in exports. And our overall production was 851 tons which is another record for the Turkish sector,” Murat Bozkurt told the Anadolu Agency.
Bozkurt said Turkish producers sold pastry to more than 140 countries all over the world, however, added that sales in domestic market failed to make a similar rise.
Bozkurt said the Turkish producers eyed to increase exports to more than 500 thousand tons for 2012, with a wider access to the U.S. and European markets.
Bozkurt said annual average pastry consumption per person in Turkey was 6 kilograms, adding that the Turkish sector exerted efforts to bring that figure up to 8 kilograms.
Global pastry consumption is estimated to stand around 11.8 million tons as Italy, the United States and Brazil are the top three producers.
Turkey comes at the fifth spot after Russia.