Chile is the top market for U.S. “consumer oriented products” in South America. This category of products represented 68 percent of all U.S. agricultural and related exports to Chile in Calendar Year 2017 reaching a value of $676 million and a 38.7 percent increase over 2016, the highest level of exports recorded so far. Despite a slowdown in economic growth between 2011 and 2016 Chile is expected to return to a three percent growth in 2018. Chilean demand for healthy food products continues to grow with increasing health awareness and disposable incomes. U.S. products are perceived to be of high quality, safe, unique and reliable and consumers are increasingly searching for gourmet and differentiated products, providing excellent opportunities for U.S. exporters.