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ATO Seoul prepares Market Briefs on a wide range of food, beverage, and agricultural products, as well an annual exporter guide. These reports are available through the Gain Search Page.

  • Food Processing Ingredients | Food Processing Ingredients | Seoul ATO | Korea - Republic of | March 21, 2021

    Korea has a strong food processing industry that manufactures a wide variety of food and beverage products. It relies heavily on imports for ingredients. As a result, the Korean food processing industry offers an outstanding opportunity for imported agricultural products for processing use, including basic commodities such as wheat and soybeans, intermediate ingredients such as vegetable oils and fruit juice concentrates, and food additives such as flavors and coloring agents. The food processing industry generated 76 trillion Korean Won ($65.2 billion) in sales in 2019, up four percent from 2018.
  • Beer Market Report | Beverages | Seoul ATO | Korea - Republic of | March 03, 2021

    U.S. beer exports to South Korea totaled $35 million in 2020, up 3 percent from the previous year. Overall Korean beer imports, in contrast, declined 19 percent to $227 million due to weak on-premise sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Korean government adopted a volume-based liquor tax for beer... on January 1, 2020, which reduces the tax burden for higher quality beers, including imported U.S. craft beer. The tax change along with increased Korean consumer demand for quality and diversity should generate growth opportunities for U.S. beer exports to Korea in coming years.
  • Dairy and Products Annual | Dairy and Products | Seoul ATO | Korea - Republic of | December 10, 2020

    Domestic milk production is forecast to return to 2.03 million tons after spiking to 2.1 million tons in 2020. Milk production in 2020 benefited from favorable weather and higher price expectations. At the same time, COVID-19 related school closures resulted in weaker fluid milk demand. The resulting imbalance resulted in higher dried milk production and large dried milk stocks.
  • Exporter Guide | Exporter Guide | Seoul ATO | Korea - Republic of | December 08, 2020

    The United States exported $8.9 billion in agricultural and related products to South Korea in 2019, making it our fifth largest agricultural export market. The United States is the leading exporter of agricultural products to Korea with a 25 percent market share. While overall U.S. agricultural exports to Korea will likely decline slightly in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, exports of consumer-oriented products should continue to grow. Ongoing socio-economic shifts coupled with elevated consumer attention to quality of diet in Korea will generate new opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products for years to come.
  • Korea Soft Drinks Market Brief | Product Brief, Beverages | Seoul ATO | Korea - Republic of | October 22, 2020

    Growth in e-commerce and meal delivery services have opened new sales channels for soft drinks. NOTE: Market Briefs are a series of shorter, graphically friendly reports developed by ATO Seoul. They are designed to give potential exporters a quick overview of the market. We welcome feedback on the new format at
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