Pakistan Horticulture Development & Export Company (PHDEC) organized a 09-member delegation of leading dates exporters from Pakistan for market exposure visit of Turkish dates market as well as participation in the World Palm Dates Expo 2019 held in Istanbul from 11-14 July, 2019. The delegation was sent as part of PHDEC’s strategy of finding alternate markets for Pakistani dates in addition to promoting Pakistani fresh dates as table dates. The delegation attended the Expo alongside more than 2,000 buyers from Turkey, the Middle East, the Balkans and Europe, and a number of companies and factories involved in the trade and processing of dates, food and beverages. Exhibitors and delegates from 14 leading dates producing countries showcased their products.

Consulate General of Pakistan in Istanbul made special arrangements for the Business to Business meetings both at the exhibition venue as well as organized visits to the premises of importers, wholesalers, retail chain outlets and fruits and vegetables market. Pakistan delegation met a number of buyers and importers from Turkey and neighbouring countries, which included Turkish Frozen Foods Inc., Nak Dis Ticaret Ltd.,, Hurma Ticaret A.Ş. and Almustashar Group, etc. The Turkish importers expressed keen interest in Pakistani dates which could be exported at the most economical prices. Trade visitors appreciated the quality of Pakistani dates and invited the Pakistani delegation to visit their units at the Fruits & Vegetables Market.  

After meeting potential importers and buyers in Istanbul and visiting the dates handling facilities in Turkey, the delegation also visited Konya, another hub of Turkish fruits and vegetable trade.