Alanar is one of the most quality-focussed growers, packager & exporters of premium cherries from Turkey. Last season, the firm exported about 4,700 tons of cherries and 2,000 tons of figs, making Tekfen Agri the number-one exporter of fresh figs from Turkey. “Our project is to export 7,500 tons of fresh cherries in 2021, with our new state-of-the-art packing facility which will be one of the largest in Europe,” said Yigit Gokyigit, marketing manager. Alanar is growing and now exports cherries, figs, apricots, plums, pomegranates and chestnuts. Its main cherry varieties are Napoleon and Ziraat, as well as Regina and Cordia.
Meanwhile, China is generating huge expectations since the new protocol made exporting cherry from Turkey to China possible last July. “We have experienced very high demand from China with our first shipments at the end of our season,” said Gokyigit, who also hopes for the early completion of the ongoing negotiations for a fig protocol between Turkey and China. As an affiliate of Tekfen Holding, Alanar is very confident of the Bursa Black Fig due to its superior eating qualities, large size and good storage capacity of about 20 days at 2ºC. Germany, the UK, the Far East, Canada and the large Turkish retail chains are the main customers of Alanar, which supplies the largest supermarkets in Germany, the UK, France and Hong Kong. Among the new markets for Alanar are India, China and South Korea.