Trouble in Turkey

What is going on in Turkey?

A staggering decline in Turkey’s olive oil exports has lead to a battle between the Aegean Olive and Olive Oil Exporters’ Union and the National Olive and Olive Oil Council (UZZK). The union’s board levied this charge at UZZK Chairman Mustafa Tan in a press release: “The branded olive oil export between Nov. 1 and Feb. 28 was 4,475 tons. The figures were 7,377 tons in the same period last year. Apparently the branded olive oil export is slashed at 40 percent, and our board finds UZZK Chairman Mustafa Tan’s declaration concerning the export figures groundless.”

To get an idea of how bad the situation appears to be, Turkey exported a total of 92,228 tons of olive oil in the 2004-2005 season but only exported 23,199 tons by the end of 2009-2010 season or about a 70% decline! Staggering, indeed, if these numbers are correct. More on this story here.

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