Over the past three years, Turkey's food exports to China have doubled, indicating that China's increasing demand for healthy products has created plenty of room for Turkish food products.
Aegean Exporters' Associations Coordinator Vice President Birol Celep said in a statement that food product exports to China soared to $144 million at the end of 2017 (from $72 million in 2014: a 100 percent increase). Celep stressed that the increase encouraged Turkish exporters to grow in the Chinese market, saying that the Chinese, who have been growing rich in recent years, are taking greater interest in Turkish food products.
Underlining that China's annual food imports have neared $50 billion, Celep noted: "China should be regarded as the target market of today, not of the future. Exporters of all kinds of food products, especially dried fruits, olive oil and vegetable oils, fruit and vegetable products, fresh fruits and vegetables and hazelnuts should concentrate on the Chinese market."