So far this year, Chile has continued to shine as an export leader. In the first half of 2019, the South American country was a Latin American food industry leader, exporting products like cherries and plums to the tune of 848 million and 200 million dollars respectively. Exports of other foodstuffs, such as salmon, wine, and dried fruit, also increased. As of May, export earnings had reached 30.854 billion dollars. Chile is building on its strong performance in 2018, when exports showed a 38% increase over the previous year. Forestry and mineral products —along with other exports— gave Chile the lead over other South American countries on the international market.