Turkish woman’s hobby of dried fruit is becoming a big export business

Turkish woman’s hobby of dried fruit is becoming a big export business

The female entrepreneur Merve Anıl from Turkey’s Aegean province of Uşak, who entered the dried fruit sector with the two drying ovens she bought for her home, increased her production capacity with a workshop she opened in April last year and began exporting her products.

The mother of a Merve Anıl, who originally produced dried fruit at her home in the Banaz district to prevent spillage and sold her products via social media, set up a workshop equipped with a refrigeration unit in April last year.

By adding noodles and pasta dyed with vegetables to its product range, Anıl began exporting products to the UK, Austria, Germany, USA and France.

Her success comes on the heels of all-time highs in Turkish agricultural exports.

Anıl told the Anadolu Agency (AA) that the demand for dried fruit is quite high and those who want to adopt healthier eating habits are increasingly turning to dried fruit and similar products.

“I’m glad I’m giving women employment”

Regarding her goal of increasing her company’s capacity by 30% and processing 500 tonnes of products next year, Anıl said: “We can process 250-300 tonnes of products at the moment. As the demand for our products increased, I could not keep up with the work. alone.I have three other women working with me in the winter season and eight to nine people in the summer.I feel very happy to be able to provide women with employment.My next goal is to provide employment for more women and do better things with them.”

Merve Anıl and an employee work on their products, Uşak, Turkey, January 12, 2022. (AA photo)

The female entrepreneur Merve Anıl, who launched her business from home with two drying ovens, shows off her dried fruits, Uşak, Turkey, January 12, 2022. (AA Photo)

Anıl explained that she fulfills incoming customer orders with couriers, and continued as follows:

“We have reached 81 provinces in Turkey. The demand for natural products is increasing day by day. Health nutritionists support us in this regard. Therefore, we have become a unique opportunity for our citizens who prefer natural products. We have started drying vegetables. As well as dried fruit.We also produce vegetable powder.

“Since there is not much fresh fruit in winter, the demand for dried fruit is quite large. In summer, there is not much demand because the amount of fresh fruit is quite high. Therefore, we produced vegetable powder to be used in natural dyes. “to be used in yogurt and cakes and bring them to market. At the same time, we started producing noodles and pasta with vegetables by steaming them before we dried them. We also offered them for sale.”

Female entrepreneur Merve Anıl's vegetable pie product, Uşak, Turkey, jan.  12, 2022. (AA photo)

Preparation of female entrepreneur Merve Anıl's vegetable pasta product, Uşak, Turkey, January 12, 2022. (AA photo)

Anıl explained how she started sending her products abroad. “The most gratifying development for me this year is that my products are also in demand abroad,” she said.

“I first started on this path to prevent waste, and now tons of my products are shipped to countries. I am honored to be able to process tons of products,” she said proudly.

Anıl said her biggest goal is to increase her exports. “As a female entrepreneur, I am very pleased that our products are shipped worldwide,” she added.

Her desire is to introduce her products to the whole world.

Female entrepreneur Merve Anıl holds the finished vegetable pasta product she produces, Uşak, Turkey, January 12, 2022. (AA photo)

Female entrepreneur Merve Anıl holds the finished vegetable pasta product she produces, Uşak, Turkey, January 12, 2022. (AA photo)

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