Any legal and physical entity that is involved in hazelnut processing and exporting and agrees with the statute can become a member of the association.
Interested entity applies to the board with the request. The Board makes a decision within one month of receiving the application.
The membership fee is determined by the General Meeting of the association.
Hazelnuts have been a feature of the human diet since prehistory. They are thought to have originated in Asia, from where they spread to Europe, making them one of the oldest crops in the region.
The main producing countries are Turkey, Italy, Georgia, Azerbaijan, The USA, Spain, Chile, France and Iran. Turkey, the largest producer, accounts for around 72% of total global production.