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High Demand for Registered Kilis Olive Oil

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High Demand for Registered Kilis Olive Oil

Kilis olive oil, one of Turkey’s registered flavors as a geographical indication, delighted its producers with its quality. In Kilis, where olive production is carried out on an area of approximately 300 thousand decares, 7 thousand tons of olive oil production is expected despite the low yield. Geographically marked Kilis olive oil, which received a superior quality award in competitions held around the world, attracts attention with its distinctive, intense and spicy aroma.

Farmers, who collect olives from trees, fill them in crates and extract their oil in factories, experience the happiness of purchasing quality products this season.

Kilis Chamber of Agricultural Engineers President Güven Özdemir told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they are approaching the end of the olive harvest. Stating that the olive yield was low this year, Özdemir said that despite the drought, the high quality of olive oil and the sale of the oil at the value it deserves satisfied the farmers. Expressing that the olive production area in the city has increased from 280 thousand decares to 300 thousand decares, Özdemir said, “Our farmers earn money from olives. We have producers who produce one kilogram from 3 kilograms of olives, and even one kilogram from 2 kilograms. This year, which we call a “no year”, olive oil yield closed the gap of low harvest.

Requested from abroad

Özdemir said, “The fact that the polyphenol ratio is very high and the acid ratio is low increased both the quality and the demand for the oil. Olive oil is demanded from our province from countries such as Germany and Qatar. Kilis olive oil received gold and bronze medals in many international olive oil competitions. Upon this, the registration of Kilis olive oil increased the demand. ” he said.

Kilis Organic Olive Producers Association President Hüseyin Polat said that they will produce approximately 7 thousand tons of olive oil this year, despite the “no year”. Stating that with the establishment of the Organic Olive Producers Union, olive and olive oil reached the value they deserve, Polat stated that Kilis olives and oil were promoted in Istanbul a while ago with the support of the Silk Road Development Agency. Emphasizing that the domestic and international demand for olive oil has increased, Polat said: “We have received orders for export. We are making preparations for export in January and February. We are planning to export 300 tons of olive oil as a union. We sent it to Qatar, Canada and America. We have talks with Iran. “They have to come and taste the Kilis olive oil. Our farmers produce a beautiful olive. Hand-picked olives are brought daily and cold pressed.”

Farmer Bekir Şentürk also said that he produces olives on 40 decares and they get one kilogram of oil from 3 kilograms of olives. Şentürk stated that they are satisfied with the olive oil yield, and that the demand is at a sufficient level.

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She Opened Up to the World with Superfood

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She Opened Up to the World with Superfood

She first produced for his family, and when she saw the demand, she established her brand: She opened up to the world with superfood.

Chemist Özlem Erarslan discovered olive oil with high polyphenols while researching for her father’s illness and her premature babies. First she rolled up his sleeves for his family, and when the demand increased, she established her brand. The journey that started in a 40 square meter shop has crossed the borders of the country today. Erarslan both sends and exports many products such as olive oil, honey, tarhana, nutritious syrup produced under the Ravla brand to 81 cities of Turkey via e-commerce channel. The products, which attracted great interest in Europe, also received demand from the Middle East market. The goal is to create a global brand with superfoods.

The entrepreneurial story of Özlem Erarslan, a phytotherapy specialist and a chemist mother who has done extensive research on olive oil, started with her family. Erarslan, who was doing research for his father, who had cancer and many chronic diseases, discovered olive oil with high polyphenols. After seeing improvements in her father’s health, Erarslan received special training from the pharmacy faculties to specialize on the phenolic and antioxidant components of foods and began to procure different samples of high polyphenol olive oil from many parts of the world. At the same time, Erarslan, who deepened her research on the premature birth of her two babies, first started to produce and work for her family. Let’s hear the rest from Erarslan…

She Opened Up to the World with Superfood

VISITED CITY TO CITY

Stating that she brought olive oil with the features she wanted in the first place from abroad, Erarslan said that she later traveled from province to province to find the best product in Turkey, and explained the process as follows: “First, I started producing olive oil with high polyphenols for my family. After long research, I found the product of the quality I wanted, I made an agreement with the manufacturer. Then, when the demands came from my environment, I decided to do it as a professional job. In 2018, I set out by holding a 40 square meter shop.” Stating that she set the goal of becoming a global brand at the beginning of the road, and that she registered her brand in 32 countries for this, Erarslan stated that she worked for the establishment of the system, permissions and the necessary infrastructure in its first year.

PRODUCTS ARE DIVERSIFIED

Stating that in 2020, she started to receive orders from outside her surroundings, Erarslan said, “As the orders increased, I stepped into the logistics network and started to work with a professional company in its field. In 2021, we moved to our new facility of 300 square meters. The main goal is to bring functional foods together with people. I didn’t want to be limited to olive oil. I also developed new products such as honey, tarhana, dried figs, nutritious syrup. The most important part of the job is the right product and the right process management. For example, it is necessary to find the best olives first. Then the olives are picked one by one by hand. It is important that harvested person does not drink alcohol or spray perfume. The tape being squeezed is also special for us. Here, our product should not be mixed with any other oil. I made an agreement with a producer in the mountains of Strandja for honey. Beekeepers produce it for us, we do the necessary analysis and reach the right product. We send it to 81 cities with both our website and e-commerce platforms.”

She Opened Up to the World with Superfood

ATTRACTED ATTENTION ABROAD

As the brand’s awareness increased, the country borders were also exceeded. Erarslan stated that they export to many countries and the countries, they are most active in England, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. Erarslan stated that they have signed a signature that will enable them to open up to the Middle East market in the near future. In the first place, the numbers will ensure the promotion of the products. My prediction for 2024 is to send 200 thousand packages of products,” she said.

GROWTH 6 TIMES IN TURNOVER IN 1 YEAR

Expressing that they have achieved a 6-fold growth in turnover in the last one year, Özlem Erarslan also gave the following information about production numbers: “In 2021, we had an average of 60 packages per day. In 2022, we reached 350-400 units per day. Today, the necessary infrastructure for 1000 packages per day is ready.” According to the information provided by Erarslan, the brand received a silver medal in the Berlin Global Olive Oil Competition in 2020 and became one of the two Turkish brands to receive an award. In the same year, another silver medal came from London, and in 2021, it won a silver medal at the Berlin Global Olive Oil Competition and a gold medal at the Japan Global Olive Oil Competition. Ravla was also awarded a silver medal in the Berlin Global Olive Oil Competition in 2022.

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Olive and Fig Combined in One Product

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Olive and Fig Combined in One Product

Producing olive oil with the Memecik type, Turkey’s only olive with a European Union geographical indication, Niz Olive offers the olive oil cure and natural olive oil soap produced from Aydın figs to consumers.

Olive oils with a high polyphenol level as well as an intense fruity aroma are available in special production white and black glass bottles with 250 ml and 500 ml options; It is stated that it is offered to consumers in tins with 1000 ml, 2000 ml and 3000 ml options; In the statement made by the company, it was noted that “fig cure” is produced by combining the world-famous figs of Aydın with early harvest olive oil.

Continuing its investments to expand its product range and bring Aydın’s local flavors to the market, Niz Olive has recently announced that it continues to work on drying tomatoes with olive oil, olive leaf tea and packaged figs. The olives, which are sent to the factory within 4 hours at the latest after being collected, are separated from their leaves without waiting, washed with purified water and transferred to the crusher; It was noted that the olives, which were crushed and turned into paste after the crushing process, were extracted from the oil in the next step and transferred to the chrome tanks.

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Turkey’s First Licensed Warehouse for Olive and Olive Oil is in Akhisar

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Turkey's First Licensed Warehouse for Olive and Olive Oil is in Akhisar

Akhisar Mayor Besim Dutlulu and Akhisar Commodity Exchange President Alper Alhat signed a protocol for licensed warehousing with a capacity of 6,500 tons. The facility, which will be realized in Akhisar and will be the first licensed warehouse of olive and olive oil in Turkey, will allow the products to be stored in a hygienic and air-conditioned environment. The facility will also allow the products of producers in Akhisar and the surrounding regions to be stored in healthy conditions and marketed at their value.

Farmers, who are exempted from many expenses with the withholding, rent, analysis and transportation support provided by the state in licensed warehousing, will have the opportunity to earn more profit from the harvest period by selling their products when they are valued. Stating that they have taken one of the most important steps for Akhisar to become an olive and olive oil center as it deserves, Mayor Besim Dutlulu said, “As Akhisar Commodity Exchange and Akhisar Olive and Olive Oil Specialized OIZ, we are breaking new ground in Turkey and in total for our olive and olive oil producers. We bring our 6500 ton licensed warehouse to our city. In this way, both our producers will go to land and our city will become an olive and olive oil center as it deserves. I believe that a very important step has been taken for our farmers, producers and Akhisar. Thank you to everyone who contributed. Good luck to our city”. Akhisar Commodity Exchange Chairman Alper Alhat said, “I would like to thank Akhisar Mayor Besim Dutlulu and his team for their help. I congratulate the investors on behalf of Akhisar for their support and leadership in such a project. Good luck.”

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