Decoding Turkey Food Regulation: Compliance and Opportunities

Feb. 1st, 2024

Ayşe Anaeli , Tutku Şen



Turkey’s food market is a dynamic and thriving industry that offers a multitude of opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs. Situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, Turkey occupies a strategic geographic position forming its rich and diverse food landscape. The Turkish food market encompasses a wide range of segments, including halal food, dairy products, meat and poultry, grains, processed foods, and beverages. From traditional Turkish cuisine to international flavors, the market caters to diverse tastes and preferences.

The size and growth of Turkey’s food market are remarkable. With a population of over 80 million people, Turkey offers a large consumer base that is increasingly demanding a variety of high-quality food products. The market has witnessed steady growth over the years, driven by factors such as rising disposable incomes, urbanization, and changing lifestyles.

In recent years, the Turkish government has actively supported the food sector through various initiatives and incentives. Turkey has signed free trade agreements and customs union with the European Union, which facilitates its trade and market access for food businesses.

However, entering Turkish food market requires an understanding of the local culture, regulations, and consumer behavior. Food safety and labeling regulations, as well as compliance with Turkish standards and international equivalents, are crucial for enterprises. To help remove these barriers, ChemLinked invited Ms Tutku Şen and Ms Ayşe Anaeli from CBE Law to share their valuable insights and practical knowledge about Turkish food regulation and the key points to enter the market.


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Part 1: Overview of the Turkish Food Market

  • Size and growth of the food market in Türkiye
  • Consumer trends and preferences
  • Main segments of the Turkish food market (e.g., organic, processed foods, beverages)

Part 2: Overview of Turkish Food Regulations

  • The structure of food regulatory bodies in Türkiye
  • Key food safety and labeling laws
  • Turkish Food Codex
  • Import/export regulations
  • Recent updates in Turkish food law and their implications

Part 3: Turkish Food Market Advantages

  • Türkiye’s strategic geographic location as a bridge between Europe, Asia, and Africa
  • Diversity of agricultural products and Türkiye’s role as a top food producer
  • Government incentives for food sector investment
  • Free trade agreements and customs union with the EU impacting food trade
  • Case studies of successful foreign entries into the Turkish food market

Part 4: Key Considerations for Market Entry

  • Understanding cultural food preferences and consumption patterns in Türkiye
  • Compliance with Turkish standards and international equivalents (e.g., ISO, HACCP)
  • Building relationships with local distributors and suppliers
  • Navigating Halal certification for the Muslim majority market
  • Intellectual property considerations – protecting your brand and products


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2024-02-01 21:30 ~ 22:30 New York: 8:30
London: 13:30


Ayşe Anaeli

Attorney at Law

Ayşe advises multinational clients in the healthcare & life science, construction, and technology industries on compliance issues at CBC Law. She is specialized in healthcare regulations including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food regulations providing support to industry leader clients for regulatory compliance. She has in-depth experience in compliance program design and implementation including monitoring, third-party risk management, ethical culture, training, and internal investigations. During her career at CBC Law, she also advised clients in regard to international legislation including FCPA, UKBA, German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, EU Whistleblowing Act etc.

Tutku Şen

Attorney at Law

Tutku provides legal consultancy to domestic and international clients in corporate law, employment law, and data privacy law. She assists companies in navigating through the ever-changing regulatory world with the guidance of compliance programs. She has experience in data privacy compliance programs for tourism, healthcare, transportation, commerce, education, and energy sectors. She plays a role in determining the responsibilities and risks, increasing awareness, and identifying clients’ needs regarding data privacy. In addition, she harbors a profound passion for the intricacies of environmental law, sustainability, ESG principles, and the complexities inherent in energy law.

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