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Harvesting hazelnuts at a plantation


Turkey accounts for more than 70% of the world’s annual production of hazelnuts. The climatic conditions in the Turkish Black Sea Coast area are ideal for growing hazelnuts.

Olam operates a modern state-of-the-art ingredients factory in Giresun and cracking facilities in different regions of the Turkish Black Sea Coast. The business is headquartered in Istanbul and has long been present in the region, priding itself on its ability to procure hazelnuts across all the growing areas in Turkey. Strong relationships with farmers, intermediary traders and crackers in the growing areas span more than 100 years (through Pisani and Rickertsen and then Progida) and have been nurtured for mutually beneficial relationships over time.

Over the next few years, Olam plans to expand Progıda’s operations into other countries for sourcing including Georgia and Azerbaijan with aims to become an integrated player across the entire value chain – from farming to processing – becoming a supplier of choice for Hazelnuts ingredients.

Meet the farmers behind Olam’s hazelnuts and find out more about driving sustainability in the supply chain through our interactive, featured in the Guardian’s Know Your Nuts series.

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