The headquarter of R.LGemlik Olive Agriculture Sale Cooperative is established in Gemlik, which is a gulf district bordering Bursa center, Osmangazi, Yıldırım and Kestel districts to the south, Mudanya district to the west, Yenişehir and Orhangazi districts to the east and Yalova province to the north. Gemlik is located at the intersection point of 29o E longitude and 40o N latitude. Gemlik is 29 km from Bursa. Area of the district is 413, 50 km², the population is 89.197 according to the census of year 2000. The district includes Umurbey, Kurşunlu and Küçükkumla Municipalities and 19 villages.
Founded by olive producers in 1941, 72 Gemlik Koza Olive Agriculture Sale Cooperative, takes the name 72Gemlik Olive Agriculture Sale Cooperative in 1951. According to the decision reached by the board on 28.03.1954 with the number 48, MARMARABİRLİK is founded as an olive cooperatives association covering cooperatives in Mudanya and Erdek. An alteration is made in the charter of cooperation in 2001, limiting the territory of activity of the partnership, phrase” limited responsible” is added to the title of the cooperative and its name altered as R.L72 Gemlik Olive Agriculture Sale Cooperative. According to the re-determination, the territory was as follows: Gemlik, Demirtaş Demirtaş, Çataltepe, Alaşar, Ovaakça, Selçukgazi, Dürdane, İsmetiye, Karabalçık, Seçköy, Avdancık villages of Bursa and Armutlu district and Fıstıklı, Kapaklı and Mecidiye villages of Yalova. The objective of the cooperative, with 8 depots each with 10.500 tons of storage capacity in Gemlik, has been to establish partnership among the producers, to provide their requirements, to help producers use their product in the best way and to improve their economical benefits. Our cooperative, with 40 thousand of production from 2,500,000 olive trees with the boundaries of Gemlik, produces 15 thousand tons of olive from 1,000.000 olive trees in the pertnership territory of our cooperative in Yalova and Bursa.
R.L 72 Gemlik Olive Agriculture Sale Cooperative is a leading organization servicing to over 15 thousands people. The fundamental role of the cooperative has been to increase the value of olive production of associate producers, while serving best quality and healthy olives to the consumers’ taste. Especially, table olives, produced in the groves of the district with suitable climate and geographical conditions have a worldwide popularity. There are 3.327 registered associates. In addition Gemlik includes the biggest two olive market places in Turkey. One of them is wholesale market place and the other is producer market place.