Turkey is one of the world's major pulse distribution hubs, with quick delivery times into North Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
In this interview, Armada Foods CEO Fethi Sonmez tells us about the impact of COVID-19 on demand and logistics, previews Turkey's 2021 pulse sowing, and gives us his take on how the trade is shaping up in 2021.
01:08 Let’s start with how COVID-19 affected demand in 2020. We spoke back in April of last year and at that time you said business was booming. Can you give us a sense of how much demand increased, either in terms of percentage or in terms of volume in MT?
02:34 Was there any particular pulse crop that was in greater demand than the others?
04:18 What markets were especially active?
04:48 Did the demand remain strong throughout the year or did it return to normal levels after the initial spike?
05:47 You also mentioned there were logistics issues. Could you describe those and tell us if they still persist?
07:00 Turkey’s pulse planting season is coming up, right? What is the expectation for the seeded area for the different pulse crops and how does it compare to last year and the average?
08:39 What do you think Turkey’s pulse import needs will be in 2021?
10:37 When would importers be looking to bring in pulses and what prices are you looking at?
14:20 Does Armada Foods have any special plans for 2021?
Fethi Sonmez / Armada Foods / Turkey / North Africa / Europe / Middle East / COVID-19