Our journey started on 30 November 1930 when our founder Mehmet Arif Akıncıgil acquired a street vendor’s license to sell pistachios in Gaziantep.
Akıncıgil quickly made a reputation as a reliable entrepreneur for keeping his appointments, giving competitive prices and honouring his promises. The business ethics which established the company’s strong foundations had already been determined.
Mehmet Akif Akıncıgil’s business was growing but so was his family. Mehmet Akif Akıncıgil’s son Mehmet İhsan was born in 1932.
Over the years, Mehmet Akif Akıncıgil shared his experience of a lifetime with his son Mehmet İhsan and on 1 January 1957 the father and son founded a textile company.
Mehmet Akif Akıncıgil passed away in 1962 leaving behind a legacy of experience and valuable partnerships.
Following the loss of his father, Mehmet İhsan Akıncıgil became a fabric retailer in Gaziantep Bakırhan.
In 1963, a warehouse company operating close to Bakırhan won a handling tender for a government institution. However, unable to acquire a mandatory bank guarantee letter, the company asked the assistance of Mehmet İhsan Akıncıgil.
Solving the problem efficiently, Mehmet İhsan Akıncıgil accepted the partnership offer from the company and made a sudden entrance into the logistics sector. This step resulted in establishing Turkey’s first cold-chain logistics fleet.
In 1980, the company became the third largest tax payer in Turkey and received an award by the Ministry of Finance in 1981.
In 1989 Akıncıgil Group of Companies left a partnership and decided to become an independent company which would operate under the companies Akın Nakliyat A.Ş and Petronak Taşımacılık.
Mehmet İhsan Akıncıgil used his experience in the logistics sector to found Aksun Tarım Company on 16 February 1994 to operate as a fresh fruit and vegetable exporter.
Mehmet İhsan Akıncıgil passed away in 2003 after which his daughter Neşe Söyleyen and son-in-law Can Söyleyen took over the management of the company.
Between 2005 and 2007, the company took a new direction following the inclusion of the fourth generation of the family Ms. Esra and Mr. İhsan Akın.
Aksun added value to its brand by becoming the first Turkish company to export fresh fruit and vegetables by air cargo.
Aksun Tarım A.Ş continues its operations in its facility covering 68,000 m2 of which 22,500 m2 is closed. Aksun is Turkey’s largest and most modern fresh fruit and vegetable chilling and packaging company.