The Republic of Turkey has a young population of 82 million people fueling consumption. The country is in a Customs Union with the EU and is the 18th largest economy in the world. Turkey is a prominent emerging market for U.S. agricultural products. The Turkish market is very dynamic, with interest in new products, yet also very competitive. EU countries are the major suppliers to Turkey in terms of consumer-oriented agricultural products. They have the advantage of proximity and the Customs Union with Turkey. As Turkey’s food sector has become more specialized and export-oriented, Turkey now imports some consumer-oriented agricultural commodities such as rice, dried beans, walnuts, almonds, bananas, coffee, cocoa, meat, fish and different kinds of processed/packaged food items.