Seven Turkish companies have been listed as approved to export processed poultry products to the EU as from March 29, 2009.
A total of 7 companies*, which have 70% market share in Turkey, can export poultry products processed at more than 70 degrees C to EU countries from March 29, 2009.
The poultry industry association believes that the approval for poultry exports to EU, even if only for processed products, is a great boost to the reputation of their companies. They anticipate exporting not only to the EU but also more to the Middle East and Former Soviet Union countries. The association forecasts exports of 4,000 mt of processed poultry products in CY 2009 and 15,000 mt in CY 2010.
Some Turkish poultry statistics
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service reports that the Turkish poultry sector has grown enormously, reaching a production level of 1,203,000 mt in 2008 compared to 752,000 mt in 2000 and 217,000 mt in 1990. In 2008, 1,170,000 mt of chicken meat and 33,000 mt of turkey meat was produced.
Poultry meat and eggs
There are approx. 12,650 broiler and 2,800 egg poultry houses, with over 500,000 people employed in the sector, including producers, farmers, traders, feed, medicine, related industry, transportation and marketing. Some 2 mln people rely on the poultry sector to make a living. Annual turnover of the sector is about US $3 bln.
The poultry meat production capacity of Turkey (based on double shifts) is 4,500 mt per day, and 1,400,000 mt annually. The capacity utilisation rate at the slaughterhouses and breeding poultry houses is approx. 80%.
As for highly processed poultry products, Turkey is estimated to have exported 298 mt of processed poultry products in 2008, mainly to the Middle East countries. Exports of processed products have been declining, from 1,897 mt in 2006 to 618 mt in 2007, because of reduced purchases by China, previously the top customer.
* The 7 companies that may export to the Eu: Seker Pilic Yem Sanayi Ticaret A.S, Beypi Beypazari Tarimsal Uretim Pazarlama A.S, Banvit Bandirma Vitaminli Yem Sanayi A.S, Pinar Entegre Et ve Un Sanayi A.S, Keskinoglu Tavukculuk ve Damizlik Isletmeleri Sanayi ve A.S, Erpilic Entegre Tavukculuk ve Uretim Pazarlama Ltd. Sti, and Senpilic Gida Sanayi A.S.
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service