Exports of Korean beverages reached US$226 million last year, up 22.6 percent from a year earlier and surpassing $200 million for the first time.
The main exports differed by country. The U.S. accounted for the largest amount with exports of $50 million, and aloe drinks were very popular.
Shipments to Japan, the second largest, stood at $32 million led by red vinegar and corn tea. Japanese people are sensitive about their weight and prefer low-calorie drinks.
In China, banana-flavored milk is a big hit, taking up about one-third of the $31 million worth of drinks exports to the country.