7 April 2020
Hazelnuts are the focus of a fruitful Partnership between Giresun and Turin
‘Increase of Hazelnut Added Value in Giresun by Increasing The Collaboration of The Chambers’ is the name of a partnership project that began in April 2019 under the leadership of the Giresun Commodity Exchange, in collaboration with the Turin Chamber of Commerce and Giresun Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This is just one of the 19 partnership projects which is being supported by the European Union in the framework of TEBD.
The project partners came together in Giresun (Turkey) for the Kick-off Meeting on 8 October 2019, which was followed by a meeting between producers and the signing of a Cooperation Protocol on 9 October. The delegation from Turin gained valuable information about the hazelnut industry and licensed warehousing in the Giresun region with the visit of hazelnut plants and sharing of technical know-how.
In December 2019, a delegation from Giresun took part in a five-day Technical Visit to Turin, which included visits to several factories and hazelnut gardens in the Piemonte region. The participants visited companies with state-of-the-art processing and production facilities for food production (Ziccat and Tastelanghe) and an industrial automation company that specializes in food processing and packaging (DSC).
At the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, the Turkish visitors learned about the latest trends in the production and consumption of various food products. The programme of the Study Visit facilitated valuable contacts between representatives of Turkish and Italian companies, and it is expected that these contacts will lead to cooperation that should bring positive benefits to all of the parties involved.
One of the most significant results of the project has been the preparation of a ‘Research report on Chocolate Production with Giresun Hazelnuts’ which contains detailed information about the technical requirements of chocolate production facilities. This report has been published in Turkish and Italian versions (100 copies in each language), and is being distributed by the project partners to companies in the Giresun Province of Turkey and those in the Piedmont Region of Italy.
Other notable activities that have been carried out in the framework of this project include an Information Seminar for Hazelnut Manufacturers which was attended by 13 representatives of hazelnut producers in the Giresun Province.
The last activity organised in the framework of the project was a training session on ‘Foreign Trade and Marketing Methods’ intended for companies in the Giresun Province. This was an opportunity for the 18 participants to learn about export-oriented marketing strategies; market information, market relations, buyers, suppliers, prices, commercial regulations and labour legislation in the target market.