Reframing Citriculture: Better Connections for Future

Technical Tour

Technical Tour Programme:

Date: November 9th, Wednesday

Time: 9.00 am - 15.00 pm


9.00 - 11.00 Visiting Bülent Özler Citrus Orchard,


11.00 - 13.30 Visiting Starpak Citrus Packaging House, Adana (Lunch will be served)


Starpak, located in Abdioğlu town amongst the citrus orchards, was established in 1986. The 3000 m2 business, which started to work with a packaging line and two cold storage rooms planned according to the needs in the first years, has grown gradually with the increase in need and capacity over time and has taken its current form. Today, it is a dynamic business that can pack 30,000 tons of citrus fruits in a season, with 2 independent citrus packaging lines, netting machines, box forming machines, and a 2600 m2 cold storage room, of which 600 m2 can be used as a yellowing room, within a 10,000 m2 closed area.

13.30 - 15.00 Visiting Aksun Citrus Packaging House, Mersin

The best products come from producers who are devoted to care for their gardens and orchards. Yet, consumers can only enjoy these products if they are processed at state-of-the-art factories. This is why Aksun made its biggest investment to date in order to open a new facility which was completed in 2018. Our facility is located on a 68,000 m2 plot which has a 22,800 m2 closed area that includes a 31,300 m3 cold room, 10,240 m3 degreening room and 1.000 m3 cold loading tunnels. The facility also features 4 rapid chilling rooms for “Cold Treatment” shipments made to countries like Japan. Aksun is the largest compact fresh fruit and vegetable packing facility in the region.