The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Minister Chung Hwang-keun, MAFRA) announced that the export of Kimchi to the U.S. has steadily increased. As of the end of November 2022 tentatively, the export volume of Kimchi recorded 26.7 million dollars (7,991 tons in volume), up by 1.7% (9.2% in volume) year-on-year compared to 26.2 million dollars (7,318 tons in volume) during the same period last year.
* Export volume of Kimchi to the U.S. (5 years): (2018) 9 million dollars → (2019) 14.8 million dollars → (2020) 23.0 million dollars → (2021) 28.2 million dollars → (2022.11p) 26.7 million dollars
With a globally increasing attention to health after COVID-19, awareness of Kimchi, Korea’s representative traditional fermented food, has risen, spurred by a rising popularity of the Korean Wave such as K-pop. Under the circumstances, public-private collaboration has made the achievement with the private sector improving quality and safety of Kimchi, and the government supporting the efforts.