The confectionery market made an annual sales of 3.1 billion USD in Turkey in the past few years.
ISTANBUL- Confectionery and its products grew 10 percent in the past few years in Turkish market, reaching 3.1 billion USD annual sales.
One third of confectionary consumption happens during the religious holidays of Eid al-Fitr (Ramadan) and Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice). During these periods, per capita consumption reached 1 kg of sweets and chocolate in Turkey.
With the growing interest of foreign brands in Turkish chocolate and sweets, Turkish confectionery exports grew largely in the past five years. Turkey's exports of sweet and chocolate reached 2 billion USD in 2011.
Moreover, Turkey started to make exports to world-famous chocolate producers, Belgium and Austria too.
Chairman of the Turkish Confectionary and Sweet Promotion Group, Zekeriya Mete, told AA, "Industry's exports target for 2012 is 2.5 billion USD. We export our products mainly to EU countries, North African countries, Russia, Saudi Arabia, U.S., Turkic republics, Middle East and Far East."