Every night, the Berlin Wholesale Market on Beusselstraße is the shopping center for many Turkish retailers and restaurateurs in the capital and its surroundings. These pick-up customers prefer to use products from Turkey, which they usually buy from a fixed supplier base. However, products from other countries -like the Balkans- sometimes also appear at their regular wholesalers, according to a buyer/seller of Sonnenfrucht GmbH.
Red peppers from Kosovo.
Currently, this major supplier is supplementing its range of Turkish peppers with products from Kosovo. "If there are no or too few Turkish goods, we also occasionally sell Kosovan products. Irrespective of the country of cultivation, red peppers have always been the most popular." The peppers are currently traded for €10 per 6kg and demand is quite regular.
Dutch Natura-Strauss tomatoes
"Our Sultana grapes from Turkey are currently selling very well. There demand on some days goes through the roof." Vegetables of all kinds, on the other hand, are more basic articles, but these are still sold in pleasing quantities as well. "We continue to focus mainly on Turkish products. Regarding tomatoes; Dutch Natura vine tomatoes are more in vogue at the moment. They are simply nicer and bigger than products from other growing regions and that makes them more popular with customers."
The wholesale market stall of Sonnenfrucht GmbH in the Berlin market hall.