Turkish companies should focus on branding to export value-added products, the founder of a leading traditional Turkish food chain said on Saturday.
"We managed that with simits,” the traditional Turkish sesame seed bread rings, Abdullah Kavukcu, the CEO of the Simit Sarayi (Simit Palace) chain, told Anadolu Agency.
Kavukcu said the company not only exports simits but also construction equipment to build its restaurants.
"We created a brand name and also export our brand value," he said.
Kavukcu recommended that Turkish firms set a system which can deliver goods made in Turkey directly to customers from all around the world.
He highlighted that the company produces more than 60 bakery products in Turkey.
"Currently we export to 25 countries and get 67 percent of our turnover from abroad," he said.
"This year we aim to raise this to 75 percent."
Kavakci also touted the fame that Turkish tea has earned abroad.
"There is a great interest in our black tea, served in delicate hourglass-shaped glasses. We carry and sell traditional Turkish tea glasses abroad," he said.
He said only 1 percent of its total customers abroad are Turkish, while the rest are foreigners.
"The most important thing in retail is location. If companies want to be successful, they should choose the best places to open stores," he said.
Kavakci said the company aims to spread its Simit Sarayi brand name around the world.
Turkish enterprises are seeking world markets for their currency income, he added.
Simit Sarayi has outlets in 25 countries worldwide, including the U.S., Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, and Belgium, attracting around a million daily customers.