LONDON, ENGLAND — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on May 14 that it is providing a €25 million ($28.5 million) loan to Turkish edible oil and canned food producer Yonca G?da Sanayi A.?.
Yonca G?da’s product range includes sunflower, corn and canola oils and canned products such as tomato paste, pickles and sauces, with almost half of production destined for export to over 40 countries.
The EBRD investment will finance the company’s 2015 investment program, working capital needs and re-financing of existing loans.
In particular, Yonca G?da aims to increase its product portfolio to meet the needs of clients among restaurants, cafes, large fast-food chains and hotels.
The company will also use EBRD finance to further improve its corporate governance standards, environmental practices and resource efficiency.
In addition, it will work to deepen its supply-chain relationship with local farmers, by providing them with advice on how to expand production.
Established in 1981, by the late Hasan Türek, Yonca G?da has grown to become a key player in its market in Turkey and currently runs three production facilities in the west of the country, in Manisa, Saruhanl? and Karaa?açl?.
The company is currently managed by the second generation of the founding family and is led by Sait Cemal Türek, who wants to boost the firm’s competitiveness both in Turkey and on international markets through investment in efficiency and higher standards.
“We are pleased to start this relationship with Yonca G?da, a successful family-owned company with an established brand in Turkey,” said Jean-Patrick Marquet, EBRD director for Turkey. “Our finance will help the firm to become even more efficient and competitive at home and abroad.”
“Building on the 15 years of sustained double digit growth and now with the EBRD’s dependable support, Yonca G?da aims to grow its annual revenues from $250 million today, to $500 million within the next five years,” said Sait Cemal Türek, Yonca G?da’s chief executive officer.
The EBRD started investing in Turkey in 2009. It currently operates from offices in Istanbul, Ankara and Gaziantep. In 2014 Turkey became the leading recipient country of the EBRD, with new investments worth €1.4 billion.