Exports of Korean Kimchi, one of the country’s famous signature dishes jumped 20% in 2018 to reach sales over US$97million.

Kimchi made from salted and fermented vegetables

It may be a surprise for some but the biggest export market was Japan, where a wide variety of kimchi is available in supermarkets and convenience stores.

The US, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia were the other big export customers.

Daesang FNF is one of Korea’s most popular Kimchi producers and its Chongga brand has around 60% share in the domestic market.