Turkish Crusher Imports Record 218,000 Tons of U.S. Soybeans in 2017
In 2006, Abalioglu’s crushing company Abalıoğlu Yağ, started its activities in Izmir, Turkey. They built a second crushing plant in Aliaga, Izmir, about 40 kilometers from their first plant and began production in May 2017.
The company’s first crushing plant processes 450 tons of soybeans and produces 320 tons of soybean meal, 90 tons of soybean oil, and 30 tons of soy hulls daily. They also produce 250 tons of full fat soybeans daily. They have a storage capacity of 12,000 tons of soybean meal, 4,500 tons of soybean oil and 150 tons of soy hulls at the first facility with a raw material storage capacity of 17,000 tons. The second crushing plant was built as a multi-crushing plant and will process 1000 tons of soybeans daily. Their total capacity reached 1450 tons per day at both facilities.
Abalıoğlu Yağ is building the third crushing plant with 1000 tons per day capacity in Mersin port, Turkey. They will reach 2500 tons of daily crushing capacity after they complete their third crushing plant.
USSEC has provided technical and trade support to Abalıoğlu Yağ since the inception of its crushing business in the form of crushing and trading consultants who visit their facilities, help quality production, and put them in contact with U.S. traders. Abalıoğlu Yağ also attends many USSEC activities in Turkey and other countries for crushing, risk management, and processing education. Representatives of Abalıoğlu Yağ attended the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchanges as well.
Abalioglu Company imported 350,000 tons of soybeans in 2015, with 120,000 tons of that from the U.S. After they started operating the second crushing plant, Abalioglu increased their capacity from 400 tons per day to 1400 tons per day, which resulted in 650,000 tons of soybean imports in 2017. As of November 2017, the share of U.S. soybeans increased from 120,000 tons to 220,000 tons.