A delegation from Turkey, including the country’s two largest soybean importers and crushers (Abalioglu Yağ Sanayi ve Tic. A.S.) visited Cargill’s crushing and biodiesel plant in Kansas City during their trip to attend the 2017 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange in Omaha, Nebraska. Abalioglu Company was represented by its president, Baha Abalioglu, and marketing director Aykut Boz. USSEC Country Manager – Turkey Sirri Kayhan led the delegation during its trip to the U.S.
Abalioglu Company is Turkey’s largest crusher, importing about 300,000 tons of soybeans annually, and about 50 percent of its soybeans come from the U.S.
The team had the opportunity to examine every aspect of the Cargill plant and evaluate the high level of the U.S. crushing industry, as well as the professional involvement of USSEC members in the quality of the U.S. commodities.
The delegation continued their trip and traveled to the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange in Omaha. They were pleased to attend this yearly event and made connections with U.S. traders for their business.
At the end of their trip, the delegation was satisfied about the quality and differentiation of U.S. soybeans and gained a better knowledge of the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP). These customers are expected to increase U.S. soybean market share for their imported soybeans in the upcoming years.