The gum sector is another most dynamic area within confectionery. The Turkish gum market is very competitive, due to presence of powerful local and multinational companies, which have been operating for a long time in the market. Production of sugarised gum, sugar-free gum, functional gum and bubble gum has steadily increased since 2000.
Turkey has the advantage of being self sufficient in one of the main confectionery ingredients-sugar.
Turkey is also in a very advantageous situation due to the monopoly it has in the world production of dried fruits (dried apricots, raisins) and edible nuts (hazelnuts, pistachios). The hazelnut, in particular, is now one of the basic ingredients widely used in the confectionery sector. Hazelnut flour, roasted and sliced hazelnuts are used in the production of sweets, cakes and biscuits. Hazelnut paste is used in the production of chocolate. The special products supplied for direct consumption are hazelnut puree, halva and hazelnut cream.
Turkish pistachios are also used in the production of Turkish delight, halva and chocolate, and Turkish sultanas (raisins) are used in the production of certain cakes, biscuits, and confectionery products. The advantage of being a producer and supplier of many agricultural products combined with high technology has increased the product variety in the industry. Apricots and dried apricots have been used in the production of newly developed confectionery products such as apricot bars, delight and paste in recent years.
Source: IGEME New Publications