SUNEL TOBACCO COMPANY
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SUNEL’s HISTORY of EXPERIENCE
Sunel, founded in 1939 and is owned by Gurel Family, is one of Turkey's oldest leaf tobacco dealers. However, the company's roots date back to the 1920's where the launch of its present venture was based on events intimately intertwined with the history of Turkish Republic..
Sunel prides itself on continually improving its process while insuring constant and sustained processed leaf quality. Our value is certified by ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 which means the leaf that passes through our processing facility will meet your specifications.
History
Since 1939
Our History
SUNEL T.T.A.Ş.

İzmir / Turkey

Sunel, founded in 1939 and is owned by Gurel Family, is one of Turkey's oldest leaf tobacco dealers.

However, the company's roots date back to the 1920's where the launch of its present venture was based on events intimately intertwined with the history of Turkish Republic. As is known, after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the young Turkish Republic assumed its predecessors debt but with little economic power was limited in its means of repayment. Being the late 1920's early 1930's the nations of the world strived to overcome the effects of the great depression and sought mutual solutions for their economic problems.

Turkey, left with the responsibility of compensating the Empires debts, in this case to England, was in search of ways to generate a method of payment to its creditor.

As a result, discussions were held between the British Foreign Office, Board of Trade and the Turkish Government where it was agreed Turkey's debts would be repaid via tobacco exports. According to this agreement a company founded in Turkey would be formed under special instructions and permission of the Turkish Foreign Ministry. This company was Sunel. The value of tobacco was deducted from Turkey's debt to England. Thus, Sunel's emergence and development coincides with an economic turning point in the history of the Republic of Turkiye.

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Tobacco Varieties
Oriental & Organic
  • IZMIR
    TRADITIONAL & ORGANIC
    NICOTINE
    0.90
    SUGAR
    16.50
    CHLORIDE
    0.50
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  • SAMSUN
    NICOTINE
    1.35
    SUGAR
    6.00
    CHLORIDE
    0.60
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  • BASMA
    NICOTINE
    1.86
    SUGAR
    10.18
    CHLORIDE
    1.10
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  • KATERINI
    NICOTINE
    2.00
    SUGAR
    10.00
    CHLORIDE
    0.6
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  • PRILEP
    NICOTINE
    0.63
    SUGAR
    10.49
    CHLORIDE
    1.02
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  • YAKA
    NICOTINE
    0.75-1
    SUGAR
    10-15
    CHLORIDE
    0.50
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  • KURUMOVGRAD
    NICOTINE
    1.10
    SUGAR
    14
    CHLORIDE
    -
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  • DUBEK UZBEK
    NICOTINE
    1.35
    SUGAR
    12.75
    CHLORIDE
    0.6
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Sunel Operations
Processing Facilities
& Warehouses
4,223.545
Turkey’s 3rd Largest and Most Modern city
Over 8,000 years of history & 3,500 years of ‘urban’ history
Mild Mediterranean Climate
Izmir exhibits leading Agricultural Practise
Free Trade Zone (established 1990)
International Airport connected to Europe
3rd Largest port in Turkey / Capacity 12 million TEU
Izmir hosts a busy schedule of Trade fairs, Exhibitions and congresses
Sunel Operations
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Sunel’s Potential
Sunel is part of a GLOBAL Agricultural GROUP.
Sunel is the flagship of the Gurel Group with Operations revolving purely around Leaf Tobacco.
Founded in 1939, the Gurel’s transformed the company from being a local Family Owned business into the only Turkish tobacco handler with operations in other Oriental and Semi-Oriental producing countries.
Sunel is the local Tobacco industry leader in terms of integrated facility size under one roof, technical ability, state of the art processing equipment and has a history of pioneering innovations in process improvements.
Sunel is the pioneer of Organic Izmir Tobacco cultivation.
Processing Capacity for Aegean Tobacco: 120 tons/shift. Two different blends can be processed at one time.
Sunel provides 100% NTRM screening for all it's tobacco throughput (Non Tobacco Related Material).
Sunel contracts directly from an average of 10,000 farmers, 12,000 tons of leaf. In total an average of 15,000 tons of Green leaf per annum is handled.
Sunel has a system in place which can trace the leaf from farm to pack carton delivery.
Total Warehouse Storage Capacity: 13,000 tons of Green or 25,000 tons packed tobacco.
Sunel customer base consists of; Major multinational manufacturers as well as several non-multinationals from USA, Europe, Russia, Indonesia, Philippines, China and Taiwan.
Sunel’s ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certificates help to ensure Quality, Accountability & Socially Responsible practices.
Within our STP program we have targeted every year to plant trees in order to offset up to 50% of our C02 emission.
Sunel Tobacco is an active member of ECLT - NO CHILD LAOUR!
Being a local company we have closer, more sociable, relations with our farmers.
Due to the magnitude of Gurel Holding operations close ties are made with all levels of government.
Strong presence in the Board of Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Industry and Tobacco Exporters Federation and Turkish Exporters Assembly
Professionally geared family with operations purely run by professional management guided by steering committees.
This unique agricultural approach has instilled tremendous confidence in Sunel leading major tobacco companies to favor us with premium supplier status.
We think globally and act locally!
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Management Systems
Sustainable Development
Management Systems
AGRONOMY
Technology Studies / Close Farmer Relations

We monitor farming communities of Tobacco with ALP (Agriculture Labour Practices) perspectives and below are the highlights of important topics observed in the regions:

Child Labour
• Minimum working age
• Hazardous works (usage of heavy duty equipment)

Labour Rights
• Fair behaviour (Are the labours treated fairly and respectfully?)
• Forced and compulsory work (Can labours quit work whenever they want?)
• Fees and rights (How are the salaries paid to workers?)
• Working hours ( What is the legal working period per week and how is this applied?)
• Right to syndicate (Are the labours free to join labour unions?)

Environmental Health and Safety
• Application of pesticide
• Health and Safety (EHS)
• Storage and secure usage of PPEs
• Accommodation conditions
• First Aid opportunities (What do they do until professionals arrive to the site?)

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Fields
Seedbeds
Transplanting
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Mechanization Trails
Hand Transplantation
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SUNEL T.T.A.Ş.

SUNEL T.T.A.Ş.
Pinar Cad. No: 89
35060 Pinarbasi
IZMIR / TURKEY

Phone:
+90 (232) 4790404
Fax:
+90 (232) 4791404

Contact Email:
info@sunel.com

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