Konya is regarded as “The Granary of Turkey” thanks to its wide plain areas, suitable climate and strategic location. Production and easy access of raw materials that are used in food industry also contributes to Konya in becoming a prominent food industry producer in Turkey. In 2016;
Konya was the leader producer of:
- Wheat (2,1 Million tons)
- Sugar beet (5,7 Million tons)
- Dried beans (70.000 tons)
- Carrot (337.000 tons)
- Chicken egg (3,5 billions)
and Konya was also a top player in the production of:
- Milk products
- Milk (1.000.000 tons)
- Barley (810.000 tons)
- Chickpea (33.000 tons)
- Potato (550.000 tons)
- Sunflower (213.000 tons)
- Mushroom (4.600 tons)
- Cherry (76.000 tons)
In sugar industry, Konya holds 35% of overall sugar production of Turkey with 4 sugar factories. With 250 tons of daily capacity, it is also an important place in pasta production. As for salt, Konya supplies 65% of the salt of Turkey from the Salt Lake with 20% exportation rate. 20% of the overall egg production of Turkey is implemented in Konya as well.
In Konya, there are more than 650 firms carrying out their production activities in the food sector and about 15.000 people are employed in these firms. Of which, flour production industry has 102 firms and have about %10 share in Turkish market. For confectionery, there are nearly 100 firms in Konya performing confectionery and chocolate production. 70% of the sector firms carry out their production activities for the domestic market while the rest 30% works for exportation.
With 200 million dollars exportation value, food industry sector of Konya consists 15% of the overall exportation.