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 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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