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Food News Clipping

August 9 - 13, 2021


FAS/Seoul Monitoring of Media Reporting on Agricultural Issues

Today's Date: Friday, August 13, 2021

For Coverage: August 9 ~  13, 2021


Korean Snack Processors to Increase Prices
Summary: Leading Korean snack processors have increased prices recently or announced price increases in September due to increased ingredient
costs.  Haitai raised prices of its snacks in August by 10.8 percent on average.  Lotte announced price increases from September 1 by 12.2 percent on average.  Orion and other leading processors reportedly will soon announce similar level increases in their snack prices.  Processors said that sharp increases in international grain prices were a key cause for their price increases.

Korean Government to Expand Ocean Freight Vessels and Air Freight Flights to Help Export Logistics
Summary: NK Hong, the Korean Prime Minister, announced after a cabinet meeting on August 12 that the government will implement extra emergency measures to help the Korean export sector ease the on-going challenges in international shipping.  As part of the measures the government will introduce 13 new ocean freight vessels as early as August on routes to the United States and South Asian markets.  The government will also introduce additional 104 air freight flights to the United States by national flag carriers during the second half
of this year.

EMART Reports 13% Growth in Cash-register Sales in 2nd Quarter
Summary: EMART, a leading retail company in South Korea, reported on August 12 that its cash-register sales increased 13 percent to 5.8 trillion won ($5 billion) during the second quarter this year compared to the same period last year.  Net profits increased 54 percent to 483 billion won ($420 million).  EMART said
the strong performance of the grocery division was a key driver for the outstanding business outcomes. 

Coupang Reports 71% Growth in Cash-register Sales in 2nd Quarter
Summary: Coupang, the leading on-line retail platform in South Korea, reported that its cash-register sales increased 71 percent to 5.2 trillion won ($4.5 billion) during the second quarter this year compared to the same period last year.  Coupang said that
the strong increase in the number of consumers who shopped on the platform was the key driver for the outstanding outcome.  According to Coupang, 17 million individual consumers shopped on the platform and each shopper spent $263 on average during the quarter, up sharply from 13 million individual shoppers and $194 in average spending in the same quarter last year.  Despite the outstanding growth in sales, Coupang saw a $515 million operating loss during the quarter.

CJ Cheiljedang Reports Record High Operating Profits in 2nd Quarter
Summary: CJ Cheiljedang, the leading food processor in South Korea, reported on August 9 that its sales increased 8.5 percent to 3.8 trillion won ($3.4 billion) and its operating profits increased 26 percent to 380 billion won ($340 million) during the second quarter this year compared to the same period last year.  The operating profits were record high.  CJ Cheiljedang said that the strong performance of its food and biotech divisions were the driver of the outstanding outcomes during the quarter.   

Korean Government Reports New Outbreak of African Swine Fever in a Local Farm
Summary: Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) reported on August 8 that it confirmed new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) in a swine farm in Gosung county, Gangwon province.  The 2,387 pigs in the farm were depopulated by August 9.  MAFRA said that the ASF outbreak will have little impact on the local swine industry.  According to MAFRA, the number of pigs in the Korean swine industry is 1.1 million as of June this year, which is 0.4 percent lower than average but 0.6 percent higher than last year.


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