Record exports for leading bass, bream producer
The world’s largest seabass and seabream producer, Kılıç Deniz, has reported a record year for its exports with earnings of USD 160 million (EUR 129.6 million) in 2017, eclipsing its previous record set in 2016 by USD 18 million (EUR 14.6 million).
Around 70 percent of the Turkish firm’s 65,000-metric-ton (MT) annual production is exported to 60 different countries, with the United States and Russia providing two of its biggest markets.
Sinan Kızıltan, deputy CEO of Kılıç Deniz said the company was “extremely happy and proud” to be ranked as the No.1 exporter in the Aquaculture and Animal Products category by Turkey’s Aegean Exporters Union (AEA), which represents more than 7,000 exporter firms across 12 different industries throughout the region.
“We offered the most delicious fish of the Mediterranean Sea to 60 countries with the label of a Turkish brand. Notably, Europe has become one of our biggest markets of activity. Every third bream and bass consumed in Europe comes from Turkey under a Turkish brand. This is a big source of pride for us,” Kızıltan said.
Kızıltan also reaffirmed the company’s aim to become a world leader in aquaculture production. This ambition is being supported through its new production base that it established in the Dominican Republic.
“With the seed fish that we exported to the Dominican Republic last August, we sent 1.2 million live fish to the United States; another important market following Europe. This is a first and a very important success for both our country and for Kılıç Deniz,” he said. “In Kılıç Deniz, we now have to grow by increasing our investment and sales goals because we are now the leaders and pioneers of aquaculture in two big markets; Turkey and Europe. This situation increases our responsibility towards the industry in terms of both investment and production."