October 02, 2017 09:00
Sales of wheat and white flour are declining as more Koreans opt to buy frozen treats.
With fewer people making dumplings and other pan-fried delicacies, retail sales of flour no longer spike as much during the holiday seasons, according to a recent report released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
In 2015, retail sales of flour in the first and third quarters, when the nation's biggest holidays fall, stood at between W13.3 billion and W13.5 billion, as much as 34 percent higher from the W10.1 billion to W11.9 billion posted in the second and fourth quarters (US$1=W1,132).
Last year, however, there was not a significant difference in sales between quarters, with figures of around W10 billion each quarter.
"People tend not to bother making traditional dishes as much as they used to, and they opt to buy frozen foods instead," said a ministry official.
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