January 17, 2019 10:35
Exports of kimchi rose 20 percent last year to US$97.5 million. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the increase was the biggest since data were first compiled in 2006, and the total amount was the highest since 2012.
Exports plunged from $89 million in 2013 to $73 million in 2015 but have steadily recovered since.
The number of countries that import kimchi has also risen, with five more added to total 68. The biggest importer was Japan, which bought $56 million worth, an increase of 23 percent on-year.
The ministry said the rise was the result of the government's efforts to promote global awareness of the fermented vegetable dish's health benefits.
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